Goodbye To Martine Franck, Famed Photographer

Aug 20, 2012
Originally published on August 20, 2012 6:04 pm

Last week, the world lost a renowned photographer with the passing of Martine Franck. She died of cancer in Paris at the age of 74.

If you haven't heard of her, take a look at this gallery of photos on the website of her photo agency, Magnum.

Born in Belgium in 1938, Franck was the second wife of legendary photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, whom she married in 1970. Together, with their daughter, Melanie, they founded the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson to share and preserve his legacy, and she became its president in 2004.

Franck spent her childhood in the U.S. and in England, then later studied art history at the University of Madrid, then at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris. She began her photography career by assisting Eliot Elisofon and Gjon Mili at Life magazine.

While she shot portraits of artists and writers, her main focus was humanitarian reportage. Throughout her career she also worked on films, published books and had multiple exhibitions around the world.

"Magnum has lost a point of reference, a lighthouse, and one of our most influential and beloved members with her death," writes Alex Majoli, the agency's president, on their website.

"Her wisdom, wit and intelligence will be missed immensely by all of us. Goodbye Martine."

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