Martine Franck

Belgian, b. 1938

Born in Belgium, Martine Franck grew up in the United States and in England. She studied art history at the University of Madrid and at the École du Louvre in Paris.

After a trip to the Far East with Ariane Mnouchkine, Franck worked at Time-Life in Paris as an assistant to the photographers Eliot Elisofon and Gjon Mili. Her friendship with Mnouchkine also led her to follow the Théâtre du Soleil from its beginnings in 1964 until now.

After joining the Vu Photo Agency, she contributed to the founding of the Viva agency in 1972. Franck took many portraits of artists and writers, including a noteworthy series of women for Vogue. She undertook more far-reaching work for the French Ministry of Women's Rights in 1983. That same year she became a full member of Magnum Photos.

Since 1985 Franck has collaborated with the International Federation of Little Brothers of the Poor, a non-governmental organization which cares for the elderly and outcasts of society. It was in 1993 that Franck first visited the island of Tory, off the northwest coast of Ireland. There she studied the daily life of a traditional Gaelic-speaking community separated from the mainland.

She next traveled to Asia to meet Buddhist Tibetan children in India and Nepal. With the help of Marilyn Silverstone, a former member of Magnum Photos who became a Buddhist nun, she encountered the Tulkus, the young lamas who are thought to be the reincarnations of ancient great spiritual masters.

In 2003 and 2004 undertook a theater project in which she shadowed the avant-garde stage director Robert Wilson at the Comédie Française, documenting his innovative rendition of La Fontaine's Fables.

The following years Martine has been photographing in Georgia, Magnum group project, India , Magnum group project and Japan.

In 2011 she published "From other lands, Artists in Paris" Imprimerie Nationale Actes Sud. Currently, she is working on a monography for Steidl and preparing an exhibition for Arles in 2013.


2011        Venus d'ailleurs, Peintres et sculpteurs à Paris depuis 1945, Maison de la                              Photographie, Paris
2010        In Celebration of Women, Chanel Nexus Hall, Tokyo
2008        Martine Franck, The Kahitsukan Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art
2004/05   Fables - The French Institute in Berlin, Germany; 
               Rencontres Internationales d’Arles, France
2002/03   Martine Franck Photographe - Musée de la Vie Romantique, Paris, France; Ecole
               Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Nîmes, France
1998/00   D’un jour, l’autre - Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France; 
               Magazzini del Sale, Venice, Italy; Mairie de Saint-Ouen l’Aumône, France; 
               Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, USA
2000        Tibetan Tulkus - Moscow House of  Photography, Russia; Rossi Gallery, 
               London, UK
1998/00   Tory Island - The Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Ireland; Old Museum,
               Belfast, Northern Ireland; Galerie Fait et Cause, Paris, France
1992        Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago de Chile, Chile
1991        Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan
1989        De Temps en Temps - Centre National de la Photographie, Paris, France
1985        Vingt Contemporains vus par Martine Franck - Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris,
1983        Des Femmes et la Création - Maison de la Culture du Havre, France
1982        Galerie Municipale du Château d’Eau, Toulouse, France
1981/82   Le Temps de Vieillir - Musée Niepce, Châlon-sur-Saône, France;
               Malmö Museum, Malmö, Sweden


2011        Venus d'ailleurs, peintres et sculpteurs à Paris depuis 1945, Editions Imprimerie                    Nationale
2010        Martine Franck, Femmes, Women, Editions Steidl
2008        Martine Franck, The Kahitsukan Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art
2007        Martine Franck, Photopoche Actes Sud France
2007        Martine Franck, Phaidon, London and Paris
2004        Fables, Actes Sud, Paris
2002        Martine Franck Photographe, Adam Biro, France
2000        Tibetan Tulkus, images of continuity, Rossi & Rossi, UK
1998/99   D’un jour, l’autre, Le Seuil, France; (One day to the next) Thames & Hudson, UK,
               Aperture, USA
1998        Tory, Ile aux Confins de l’Europe, Benteli, Switzerland
1988        De Temps en Temps, Les Petits Frères des Pauvres, France
1980        Le Temps de Vieillir, Denoël-Filipacchi, France
1978        Les Luberons, Le Chêne, France
1976        Martine Franck, Contrejour, France