In 1976, Franck produced one of her most enduring photographs, arguably her single most perfect image, that of the bathers at the poolside at Le Brusc, Provence. She explained that she saw the scene from a distance and ran to photograph it while changing a roll of film, quickly closing down the lens as the sunlight was so intense. A moment later the positions of all five figures and their shadows on the white tiles would have irrevocably altered.
Martine Frank (1938-2012) was a Belgian documentary and portrait photographer. She was a member of Magnum Photos for over 32 years. She was a busy freelance photographer for magazines such as Vogue, Life and Sports Illustrated, and the official photographer of the Théâtre du Soleil (a position she held for 48 years). Her latest publication was Venus d'ailleurs, Actes Sud, 2011.