Articles Tagged with: Martine Franck
Martine Franck | Henri Cartier-Bresson
Henri Cartier-Bresson © MartineFranck, Magnum Photos

Henri Cartier-Bresson © MartineFranck, Magnum Photos

A photograph isn’t necessarily a lie, but nor is it the truth. It’s more of a fleeting, subjective impression. What I most like about photography is the moment that you can’t anticipate: you have to be constantly watching for it, ready to welcome the unexpected.

– Martine Franck


Henri Cartier-Bresson | Ezra Pound
Ezra Pound, Venice 1971 © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

VENICE—Ezra Pound, 1971 Henri Cartier-Bresson © Magnum Photos

Martine Franck, Cartier-Bresson’s widow, accompanied her husband to just one — probably atypical — portrait session, that of the poet Ezra Pound in Venice in 1971, a year before his death at 87.

There was a tremendous, heavy silence,’ recalled Ms. Franck, herself a photographer. ‘Pound didn’t say a word. He just seemed to condemn the world with his eyes. We were there for about 20 minutes. I stayed to one side. I huddled in a corner. Henri took seven pictures.’

– From This Decisive Moment On by Alan Riding in The New York Times, January 26, 2006


Henri Cartier-Bresson | Martine’s Legs, 1968

Henri Cartier-Bresson rarely shot women in an intimate, sensual manner. His famous image of Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Misfits is more of a comment on celebrity than anything remotely erotic.

The photo of his wife Martine Franck, however, is a delicate image, charged with the latent promise of those intertwined legs.

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