Posts Tagged ‘Martine Franck’

Notable: Martine Franck, Documentary Photographer, Dies at 74

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


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

Notable: Martine Franck’s Pictures Within Pictures, NY Times

In Article, Black and White Photography, Photographer on June 10, 2010 at 9:11 am


“Henri Cartier-Bresson”, Martine Franck

A very nice piece from the NYT Lens blog by Mark Bussel on the photography of Martine Franck. She not only is a noted Magnum photographer in her own right but was also married to the great Henri-Cartier Bresson.

( We had forgotten she was the photographer of the famous picture above … Bresson in his later years had all but given up photography and turned to drawing.)

Many of her images show people honoring photographs by studying, gathering and displaying them. "I think I tend to like photographing photographs within photographs," she wrote, "because the passing of time has always been one of my main preoccupations."

I’ve been struck by how often she captures people in the act of looking. Was she was specifically pursuing these moments? Or, because she herself was thinking about seeing, did she subconsciously respond to subjects who were doing the same thing? Her answer to both questions: "No doubt yes."

The article covers some little known aspects of her photographic history and has a very nice gallery of her work.

For more on her story: Lens Blog