Saint Lazare, Saturday, 15h
A change of scenery at Françoise Huguier’s set-up. The colors are flashy and the atmosphere is more pop. The space is also more intimate. I’m greeted by Eléonore, her intern, and Julien, her assistant. At last the photographer arrives. A mother and her son are posing. By a curious coincidence, the mother’s handbag perfectly matches the decor.
“The background is a photo I took in Kuala Lumpur,” says Françoise. “It’s the Statue of Liberty taken over by a shopping mall. The Angry Birds stuffed animals are a souvenir from Malaysia. These are the idols of a new generation of Malaysian students. I wanted something very kitsch. And the kids love it. They’re usually so difficult to photograph, you need something to grab their attention.”
“Françoise likes to take her time with people,” Eléonore explains, and the comment proves accurate. A lock of hair, a fold in a piece of clothing, a poorly placed shadow: in her attention to detail, Françoise takes the time to do things right.
“The people are delighted. We get a lot of babies, but a few older children. My team is really there for me. All I do is push the button.”
Françoise Huguier was born in Paris in 1961. A member of the Agence VU’, she lives in Paris.