by Martine Franck and Richard Kalvar

Martine Franck and Richard Kalvar
Martine Franck

Frank was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1938 but spent her childhood in England and the United States. She began work as a photographer in 1963 in China, Japan and India. In 1965, she became a freelancer, working on portraits of artists, writers and, above all, on humanitarian and feminist reportage. She has published numerous books and is president of the Cartier-Bresson Foundation. She is the life-long official photographer of the Théâtre du Soleil from its founding in 1964 until today. In 1983 she joined the Magnum agency.


Richard Kalvar

Richard Kalvar was born in New York in 1944. After studying at Cornell University, he worked as an assistant to the French fashion photographer Jérôme Ducrot. In 1966, an extended trip to Europe with his camera in tow convinced him to become a photographer. In 1972, he helped found the photography agency Viva in Paris and in 1977, he became a full member of the Magnum agency, where he later served as Vice President and President. Kalvar has worked in France, Italy, England, Japan and the United States, combining journalistic and commercial photography assignments with his photographic research. He has participated in numerous group shows and in 2007, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie dedicated a major retrospective to him, accompanied by his book Earthlings.

In the 2001 edition, stories of life and friendship flow around a cup of coffee through the introspective look of two great photographers from the Magnum agency: Martine Franck and Richard Kalvar Franck was born in Belgium in 1938. In 1965, she became a freelancer, creating portraits of artists and writers, but mostly humanitarian reportage. Kalvar was born in New York in 1944. After a long journey in Europe, he embarked on a career as a photographer, specialising in scenes of everyday urban life.