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ENTRY POSTED Aug 21, 2012

Remembering photographer Martine Franck (1938-2012)

Belgian photographer Martine Franck (1938-2012) was a member of Magnum Photos for over three decades, and continued to show her work as recently as a few months ago.  As a freelance photographer, she shot celebrity portraits and documentary images for Time, Fortune and Vogue.  Franck studied art history in her youth before pursuing photography through her own images, and is also remembered for her support for various photographic agencies and humanitarian foundations.

Martine Franck
Col de L’homme Mort, Alpes de Haute Provence
The Ethelyn Bros Photography Purchase Fund

She met Henri Cartier-Bresson at Magnum in 1966, and the two later married.  Franck was a co-founder and president of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation, which she began in 2002, two years prior to Cartier-Bresson’s death.


Henri Cartier-Bresson

Martine’s Legs, 1968
The Alfred and Ingrid Lenz Harrison Fund


Read about Martine Franck from the photo editors at Time and The Guardian, and see more of her images, here.


Jen Dolen, Photography & New Media intern

Category: Photo Notes


One Response

  1. Dick says:

    So when Cartier-Bresson died did they show a picture of Cartier-Bresson’s legs by Martine Franck?