AD Architectural Digest India|March - April 2020

Roland Beaufre, a confirmed townie and night owl, surprised his friends by moving to an old farm in northern France. Lest the countryside prove too big a shock to the system, he gave it a reassuringly metropolitan and Moorish flavour—as these pictures by him show

This Hansel and Gretel cottage belongs to photographer Roland Beaufre, who has lived here, near Le Mans, for more than 10 years (when not in Tangier, or away on assignment). Roland did not always want to be a photographer; he started out studying fine art in Paris. A chance encounter with Marie-Paule Pelle, the founder of design magazine Décoration Internationale, changed everything. She was scouting for new places and he dragged her off to Tangier, where he had been going with his parents since 1962. His father, General Beaufre, had been stationed in Morocco for a long time along with Geneviève, Roland’s mother, a former model of great beauty, who decorated their home there, the Villa Victoria, in a ‘Napoléon III meets Neo-Moorish’ style remarkable for the time. Roland knew everyone: from the writer David Herbert to the architect Stuart Church. He had a trusty Kiev camera (a Russian copy of the Leica), developing his photos at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris, and threw himself into creating a portrait of his favourite city. Thanks to this first collaboration in Morocco, he hit the ground running.


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March - April 2020