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Martine Franck : Face to Face



Contrary to what was previously announced, the HCB Foundation regrets having to postpone the opening of the Marie Bovo – Nocturnes and Martine Franck – Face to face exhibitions to a later date.

Together with the administrative authorities, the HCB Foundation team is doing everything to be able to welcome visitors as quickly as possible in the best sanitary conditions, and will not fail to communicate as soon as this is the case.

François Hébel, Director


The HCB Foundation devotes an exhibition to the portraits of Martine Franck (1938-2012) in the gallery dedicated to her Collections.

For her who believed above all in benevolence, the portrait is characterized above all by a direct look, empathy for the person as well as a sincere admiration. Nothing is more foreign to Martine Franck than the artifice of the pose. Her “friendly look”, thus qualified by Robert Doisneau, knew how to look straight at many of her fellows.

A committed photographer, she wanted to see reality in front, that of age, that of the excluded, that of artists, and to highlight a moment of subtle exchange: the portraits of Martine Franck look like her. These few “face to face” are soberly timed and distil the discreet plastic with a careful and penetrating eye.

“The portrait is always a new meeting. Before the shooting, I have the jitters, then little by little the tongues are untied. What I want to capture is the light in the eye, the gestures, a moment of listening or concentration – when precisely the model is not speaking. ” Martine Franck

Martine Franck was born in 1938 in Antwerp. She discovered photography in 1963, during a trip to the East with Ariane Mnouchkine. She married Henri Cartier-Bresson in 1970 and joined the Vu agency in the same year. She co-founded the Viva agency in 1972 and then joined Magnum Photos eight years later. In 2003, she created the HCB Foundation with her husband and daughter Mélanie. Her work was the subject of a retrospective presented from November 6, 2018 to February 10, 2019 at the HCB Foundation, co-produced with the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne and presented at the FotoMuseum in Antwerp from October 30, 2020 to March 7, 2021.


Agnès Sire, Artistic Director

The presentation of the exhibition is supported by Gutenberg Agency.


Martine Franck : Face to Face

May 26 – July 26, 2020

Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation

79 rue des archives

75003 paris

Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.




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