Door 19: François HalardBruce Chatwin's Home All pictures by François Halard
Photographers often see their camera as an extension of themselves and therefore use it as a medium to communicate, to make themselves understood. In the case of French photographer François Halard, it was even more extreme, as he had difficulties speaking up until he was fourteen.
Saul Leiter's studio, East Village
He started photographing at age of 12 after he saw Helmut Newton taking photographs at his parent’s home, who were famous interior designers. So the camera helped him overcome his speaking difficulties and also his shyness.
During his teenage years he spent instead of vacations his summers assisting photographers he admired. While studying École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris he got to know Marie-Paule Pelle, who hired him to photograph for the interior magazine Décoration Internationale.
Next up was a call from Alexander Lieberman, at that time editorial director of Condé Nast, to shoot a couture editorial in New York. This started the long collaboration with House & Garden, GQ, Vanity Fair and Vogue. He first started to photograph models, he was one of the first to photograph to Christy Turlington, but slowly his focus got more and more on interior and architecture photography, that he is known for today.
On his list of photographed houses and interiors are among many others Richard Avedon’s place in the Hamptons to Chatsworth’s stately interiors, designed by John Pawson, David Hockney’s swimming pool in Los Angeles or Cy Twombly's home.