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Notable: Martine Franck, Documentary Photographer, Dies at 74

In Article, Black and White Photography on August 25, 2012 at 1:12 pm

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Martine Franck

A great photographer that worked in the shadow of her famous husband has passed away …

Ms. Franck was an exemplar of a school of postwar photography that aimed to capture the real world. Her style was to work outside the studio, to use a 35-millimeter Leica camera, and she preferred black-and-white film. She was drawn to fragile populations like Tibetan boys who had been selected as reincarnated lamas and a dying Gallic community on Tory Island, off Ireland.

She also returned over and over to photographing well-known artists, among them the painter Marc Chagall and the sculptor Étienne Martin. The poet Seamus Heaney was also a subject.

“I think our collective sense of the artistic and intellectual life of Paris in the second half of the 20th century has been substantially enriched by” Ms. Franck’s portraits, said Peter Galassi, who was director of photography at the Museum of Modern Art until last year.

For more: NY Times Obituary

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