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Tribute to Martine Franck: Lucien Clergue


A Great Woman Has Left Us. This is a tribute to a great woman, not just in photography but in life. Martine was 74 when she left us. Only the illness that had weakened her in recent years had reminded us of her age, so young she was at heart, seeing the world with eyes wide open. She lived in the illustrious shadow of Henri Cartier-Bresson without being overshadowed or forgotten. She was always on the go! She was absent from Henri’s 85th birthday in Cereste, where they had taken refuge years before—she was on assignment taking pictures in Tibet, I think, and I had to ask their daughter Mélanie’s permission to take a souvenir photo of Henry blowing out the candles. ‘Yes, but only one!’ I took two just in case.

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