This book is an homage to travel and friendship, showing intimate and refined weekends spent between friends in some of the world’s most beautiful and exclusive locations. Conceived by Alessandra Borghese, For Friends contains photos by Alessandra d’Urso in settings such as the Borghese palace in Montevettolini, Jacques Garcia’s Château du Champ-de-Bataille in Normandy, and private islands on the Rosario archipelago in Cartagena. Here we glimpse a cosmopolitan mix of artists, designers, writers, entrepreneurs and aristocrats (to name just a few) enjoying private moments of leisure and conversation. Each of the nine weekends is presented in an individual booklet, which together form a meditative photographic diary.
With an emphasis on suggestive, seemingly insignificant details of the landscape and portraiture—the sparkle of the ocean, a subtle gesture—For Friends celebrates a simple, elegant approach to life, one shaped by cultural traditions, the charm of the voyage and the potential of the future. In Guy de Maupassant’s words, “Travel, like dreams, is a door that opens from the real world into a world that is yet to be discovered.”