Martine Franck (1938-2012, Belgian)

Photo of the photographer Martine Franck, cat loverMartine Franck (1938-2012, Belgian) was a world renowned photographer who was appointed Knight in the French Legion of Honor. Even though Belgian, Franck’s family fled Europe on the eve of WWII, and she grew up in the United States. In 1956, she began her studies at Madrid University before being accepted to the École du Louvre in Paris in 1958 where she studied art history. Franck realized early on that she was not a good writer and did not want to be an academic, and thus, proceeded to pursue photography while on a visit to the Far East in 1963.  In 1964, she was employed by Time-Life and worked with Gjon Mili, well-known for his photographs of his cat Blackie. Franck became known for her photographs of writers and artists which were published in American magazines such as Life, Fortune and Vogue.

In 1966, she met photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson and they married in 1970. Cartier-Bresson, a founding member of Magnum Photos, made Franck’s entry into the group easier in 1983. Even so, Franck was uncomfortable being in Cartier-Bresson’s shadow and sought to make a name for herself by promoting feminism through her photography.

From 1993-97, Franck travelled to Tory Island in North-West Ireland where she captured the lifestyle of the traditional Gaelic community as well as their cats.

Franck’s work captures the elderly and poor as well as famous writers and artists such as the cat lovers Balthus, Marc Chagall, Leonor Fini and Diego Giacometti.

Franck died at age 74 of leukemia and is survived by her daughter Melanie.

 

Balthus and Cat Martine Franck

Balthus and Cat

 

 

 

Leonor Fini, peintre, à son domicile à Paris with Cats, Martine Franck

Leonor Fini, peintre, à son domicile à Paris avec chats (Fini with her cats at home)

 

 

 

Swiss sculptor Diego Giacometti at home with Cat, Martine Franck

Swiss sculptor Diego Giacometti at home with Cat

 

 

 

Swiss sculptor Diego Giacometti with Cat at home Martine Franck

Swiss sculptor Diego Giacometti with Cat at home

 

 

Swiss sculptor Diego Giacometti at home with Cat, Martine Franck

Swiss sculptor Diego Giacometti at home with Cat

 

 

 

Swiss sculptor Diego Giacometti at home with Cat, Martine Franck

Swiss sculptor Diego Giacometti at home with Cat

 

 

 

Black Cat, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris Martine Franck

Black Cat, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cat Asleep Next to Crucifix Martine Franck

Cat Asleep Next to Crucifix

 

 

 

Cat at Castle of Prague Martine Franck

Cat at Castle of Prague

 

 

 

Cat Bohemian of the south. Village of Mariz. Stable of Isabelle Farova's home, Martine Franck

Cat Bohemian of the south. Village of Mariz. Stable of Isabelle Farova’s home

 

 

 

Cat Hunting Pigeons, Tuscany, 1984 Martine Franck

Cat Hunting Pigeons, Tuscany, 1984

 

 

 

Cat in a Window, Martine Franck

Cat in a Window

 

 

 

Cat in a Window, Paris, 1984, Quartier de Belleville Martine Franck

Cat in a Window, Paris, 1984, Quartier de Belleville

 

 

 

Cat in a Window, Tory Island, Ireland Martine Franck

Cat in a Window, Tory Island, Ireland

 

 

 

Cat Mask, Martine Franck

Cat Mask

 

 

 

Cat on a Pay Phone, Paris Subway station Tuileries. 1977 Martine Franck

Cat on a Pay Phone, Paris Subway station Tuileries. 1977

 

 

 

Cat on Statue, Ile de France region, Paris, Nuit Oppède, 1967 Martine Franck

Cat on Statue, Ile de France region, Paris, Nuit Oppède, 1967

 

 

 

Christina Rodgers and Donna with kitten, in front of their video game, Martine Franck

Christina Rodgers and Donna with kitten, in front of their video game

 

 

French actress Micheline Presle with Cat, 2010, Martine Franck

French actress Micheline Presle with Cat, 2010

 

 

 

 

French editor Robert LaFont with Cat, 1972 Martine Franck

French editor Robert LaFont with Cat and Dog, 1972

 

 

French Painter Françoise Boudet, and cat, 1996, Martine Franck

French Painter Françoise Boudet, and cat, 1996

 

 

Gabina Farova with Cat on her rocking chair of Thouet. Martine Franck

Gabina Farova with Cat on her rocking chair of Thouet

 

 

 

The sculptor Isabelle Farova, Martine Franck

The sculptor Isabelle Farova

 

 

 

Girl and Black and White Cat, Martine Franck

Girl and Black and White Cat

 

 

 

Jean Leyris, French Sculptor and Cat Martine Franck, 1998

Jean Leyris, French Sculptor and Cat, 1998

 

 

Jean Leyris, French sculptor and Cat, 1998, Martine Franck

Jean Leyris, French sculptor and Cat, 1998

 

 

 

Jeunesse française Seine Saint-Denis. Maison d'Education de La Légion d'Honneur with cat, Martine Franck

Jeunesse française Seine Saint-Denis. Maison d’Education de La Légion d’Honneur with cat

 

 

 

Lille. Retired lady with her animals, 1982 Martine Franck

Lille. Retired lady with her animals, 1982

 

 

 

Man and Cat, Donegal County. Tory Island, Martine Franck

Man and Cat, Donegal County. Tory Island

 

 

 

 

Two Cats, Donegal County. Tory Island, Ireland, 1993 Martine Franck

Two Cats, Donegal County. Tory Island, Ireland, 1993

 

 

 

Man and Cat, Val Bellino, Village of Celle. Martine Franck

Man and Cat and Dog, Val Bellino, Village of Celle

 

 

 

Michel Foucault, Paris. 1978 Martine Franck

Michel Foucault, Paris. 1978

 

 

 

Moroccan Woman and Cat, Marrakech. Fondation juive, dispensaire Martine Franck

Moroccan Woman and Cat, Marrakech. Fondation juive, dispensaire

 

 

 

Mother Cat and Three Kittens, Martine Franck

Mother Cat and Three Kittens

 

 

 

Near Fontainebleau. Patricia Highsmith and Cat, at her home Martine Franck

Near Fontainebleau. Patricia Highsmith and Cat, at her home

 

 

 

New York City. Center for the rehabilitation of drug addicts by group therapy and Cat, 1970. Martine Franck

New York City. Center for the rehabilitation of drug addicts by group therapy and Cat, 1970

 

 

 

Nicole Lubtchansky, the film Editor of the film Director Jacques Rivette and Cat Martine Franck

Nicole Lubtchansky, the film Editor of the film Director Jacques Rivette and Cat

 

 

 

Playing with a Cat with his Young Attendant, Nawang, 16 years old Martine Franck

Playing with a Cat with his Young Attendant, Nawang, 16 years old

 

 

 

Sleeping Cat, Provence-Alpes Côte d'Azur. Bouches du Rhône. Saintes-Maries de la Mer Martine Franck

Sleeping Cat, Provence-Alpes Côte d’Azur. Bouches du Rhône. Saintes-Maries de la Mer

 

 

 Two Siamese Kittens with Woman at Market for selling pet animals Martine Franck

Two Siamese Kittens with Woman at Market for selling pet animals

 

 

 

 

Woman and Cat, Petits frères des Pauvres association (International Federation of Little Brothers of the Poor). Home Visit. Martine Franck

Woman and Cat, Petits frères des Pauvres association (International Federation of Little Brothers of the Poor)

 

 

 

 

White Cat, Quartier du Père Lachaise, Paris Martine Franck

White Cat, Quartier du Père Lachaise, Paris

 

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