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Goodbye To Martine Franck, Famed Photographer

Last week, the world lost a renowned photographer with the passing of Martine Franck. She died of cancer in Paris at the age of 74.

If you haven't heard of her, take a look at this gallery of photos on the website of her photo agency, Magnum.

Photographer Martine Franck, Venice, Italy, 1972. Franck died of cancer on Aug. 16.

Photographer Martine Franck, Venice, Italy, 1972. Franck died of cancer on Aug. 16. Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos hide caption

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Born in Belgium in 1938, Franck was the second wife of legendary photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, whom she married in 1970. Together, with their daughter, Melanie, they founded the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson to share and preserve his legacy, and she became its president in 2004.

Franck spent her childhood in the U.S. and in England, then later studied art history at the University of Madrid, then at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris. She began her photography career by assisting Eliot Elisofon and Gjon Mili at Life magazine.

Tulku Khentrul Lodro Rabsel, 12, is pictured with his tutor Lhagyel at the Shechen Monastery in Bodnath, Nepal. Kehntrul entered the monastery at the age of 5, and like other young monks was restricted from seeing other monks of his age. Martine Franck took this photo in 1996. i i

Tulku Khentrul Lodro Rabsel, 12, is pictured with his tutor Lhagyel at the Shechen Monastery in Bodnath, Nepal. Kehntrul entered the monastery at the age of 5, and like other young monks was restricted from seeing other monks of his age. Martine Franck took this photo in 1996. Martine Franck /Magnum Photos hide caption

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Tulku Khentrul Lodro Rabsel, 12, is pictured with his tutor Lhagyel at the Shechen Monastery in Bodnath, Nepal. Kehntrul entered the monastery at the age of 5, and like other young monks was restricted from seeing other monks of his age. Martine Franck took this photo in 1996.

Tulku Khentrul Lodro Rabsel, 12, is pictured with his tutor Lhagyel at the Shechen Monastery in Bodnath, Nepal. Kehntrul entered the monastery at the age of 5, and like other young monks was restricted from seeing other monks of his age. Martine Franck took this photo in 1996.

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While she shot portraits of artists and writers, her main focus was humanitarian reportage. Throughout her career she also worked on films, published books and had multiple exhibitions around the world.

"Magnum has lost a point of reference, a lighthouse, and one of our most influential and beloved members with her death," writes Alex Majoli, the agency's president, on their website.

"Her wisdom, wit and intelligence will be missed immensely by all of us. Goodbye Martine."

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