Remembering Martine Franck

 

It is with great sadness and reverence that we reflect on the life of a visionary photographer and role model for all women, the great Martine Franck; a moving realist photographer, and wife of Henri Cartier-Bresson, she died in Paris this summer at 74 years old.

 

 

 

Martine Franck by Henri Cartier-Bresson

 

 

It is with great sadness and reverence that we reflect on the life of a visionary photographer and role model for all women, the great Martine Franck; a moving realist photographer, and wife of Henri Cartier-Bresson, she died in Paris this summer at 74 years old.

 

The Belgian native grew up in London and the US, moving to Paris to obtain a degree in art history from the École du Louvre.  It is in Paris that she made herself at home.  Ms. Franck, famed for her reticent demeanor and genuine modesty, was very busy building a magnificent career as a freelance photographer –shooting on locationg for the likes of Vogue and Life magazines –when she fell in love with Henri Cartier-Bresson.  M. Cartier-Bresson was already a photography icon at this point in time –he founded Magnum Photos in 1947 alongside Robert and Cornell Capa, and was considered the “father of photojournalism.”  In 1970, the two photographers wed. 

 

Martine Franck by Henri Cartier-Bresson

 

 

Martine Franck was recognized for her photography much later in her life than her husband; this is mainly because, while raising their daughter, Franck focused herself on managing her husband’s career rather than furthering her own.  Even so, Franck was accepted as a full member at Magnum Photos in 1983 –she is one of very few women in the agency.

 

Ironically, Franck began her photographic career because she “realized that photography was an ideal way of telling people what is going on without having to talk” –in other words, one of the most powerful creative minds, a hero to brilliant females across the globe, began her career because she was a shy, tongue-tied creator! If that isn’t an exceptionally beautiful serendipity, then I don’t know what IS.  Please take a few moments to reflect on some of her most memorable images.

 

 

 

Photography by Martine Franck

 

 

 

You will be missed, Martine Franck.

 

 

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