in the United States and England. Martine Franck studied at
the University of Madrid (1956-57) and at l'Ecole du Louvre
in Paris (1958-1962). After writing her History of Art thesis
on the influence of cubism on sculpture she realized that
she preferred visual expression to writing; her apprenticeship
in photography was under the helm of Eliot Elisofon and Gjon
Mili at Time-Life Photo Laboratories in Paris in the mid-1960's
and in 1963 she turned to freelance photography, working in
China, Japan and India. She became a freelancer for Life,
Fortune, Sports Illustrated, New York Times, and Vogue.
Since 1965 she has been a photographer with the cooperative
Théâtre du Soleil. In 1970 she married Henri
Cartier-Bresson, and until 1971 was a member of the Vu agency
in Paris. In 1972 she became one of the founders of the Viva
agency in Paris. In 1980 she became an associate of Magnum
Photos, and a full member in 1983 (one of only four female
members at that time).
Her work is characterized by warmth and understanding of people,
specialising in capturing the human condition whether she
is photographing Tulkus (young Tibetan spiritual masters),
the elderly, the illustrious members of the College of France,
or the families of Tory Island off Ireland's Donegal.
Most of her work grazes the simplicities of the everyday,
of varied social classes and diversified cultures. However
her most noted piece to date, Swimming pool designed by Alain
Capeilléres, 1976, reveals a sublime articulation of
design—a supreme landscape of geometries softened by
the leisurely curves of the gesturing figures. Many of her
images feature this kind of purity, with regards to the shapes
that make up a given landscape, but for the most part, Franck's
work lends itself to a much more personal, portrait-like approach
to her subjects.
Martine Franck’s photographs have been exhibited and
collected throughout Europe and the United States. They have
also been widely published, most notably in the retrospective
monograph ‘One Day to the Next’, published in
1998 by Thames and Hudson.
If you enjoy the work of Martine Franck, you should also take
a look at other Magnum members such as Henri
Cartier Bresson, Elliott
Erwitt & Marc
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