“I take the time to make the pictures,” says photographer François Halard of his practice. “I still work in analogue; it’s an essential notion of my work.” For decades, Halard has been one of architecture and design’s most prominent photographers, bringing an abundance of intimacy and depth to the homes he photographs for publications such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, and, of course, this publication. He cites time as his greatest collaborator for its ability to reveal truth and juxtaposition; it is the biggest informant of his creative thinking. And so it makes sense that when Rodman Primack, chief creative officer of Design Miami/, invited Halard to curate this year’s Design at Large section of the fair’s Basel edition, the photographer chose studios and designers whose work centered around time. “I was really trying to pay attention to the circulation of the space inside. I wanted to look at how the past has influenced the now, and how the now may influence tomorrow. It is all linked,” says Halard.
Presented alongside his curation is a selection of 111 photographs from his archives in an exhibition titled “About Time.” Some images are recent, while others date back a couple of decades. As the photographer notes, he wanted to show pictures that he has made over a long period of time. In between his busy schedule at Design Miami/ Basel, Halard chatted with AD PRO about the stories behind some of the images presented in the exhibition.