Martine Franck

It makes me sad to think sometimes I only discover a great talent once they are gone. Belgian photographer Martine Franck passed away last week, which I discovered through this touching look back on her life in The Guardian.

Photographer Martine FRANCK in 1979.

FRANCE. Orgeval. US photographer Paul STRAND in the garden of his house. 1972. 

FRANCE. Paris. Opéra Garnier. The “Petits Rats” of the Paris Opera in one of the dressing rooms. 1979.

Though she married renowned French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson in 1970, she remained true to her own style and a trusty black-and-white Leica for most of her career. She traveled extensively and worked for The New York Times, Life Magazine and Vogue, among others.

FRANCE. Ile de France region. Town of Ivry sur Seine. Old people’s home. 1975.

French Minister of Culture, Aurélie Filippetti, described her work as “a very beautiful and lucid vision of the world, one of a witness who is also an artist.” Take a moment and find the above photographs and more by visiting the Magnum Photography Collection.

  1. Theresa said:

    Really great pictures. Thanks for the tip, I will definitely check out her portfolio and oeuvre!

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