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Taking a portrait of someone be it man or woman starts with a conversation. It is important for me to try and catch the person when they are listening or when they are in a pensive mood or have forgotten my presence. I rarely ask a person to pose for me as I prefer that they reveal themselves as they wish. For me the eyes and the hands are most important and when possible I like to use natural light. All through my life as a photographer I have made a point of photographing women whom I admire, who have done something special with their lives, who have protested against their fate, also those close to me like my daughter and grand daughter and intimate friends all of whom appear in this collection. Martine Franck has travelled the globe photographing the social landscape. With an abiding interest in the simplicities of the everyday life of varied social classes and diversified cultures, portraiture has always been a primary focus in her practice. This book brings together a selection of her photographs of women, from factory workers in Bucharest to geishas in Kyoto and encompassing the film stars, artists, writers and performers she has photographed since the 1960s. It is both a celebration of women and a testimony to the unique vision and empathy of a great photographer. Martine Franck, born in Belgium, grew up in the USA and England before studying Art History at the University of Madrid and the Ecole du Louvre in Paris. A member of the Magnum Photos agency since 1980, her work has been widely exhibited and has been published in numerous mographs.