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Martine Franck, Tory Island, Donegal, Ireland, 1995, gelatin silver print, 19 5/8 x 15 3/4".

Martine Franck

Howard Greenberg Gallery

Martine Franck, Tory Island, Donegal, Ireland, 1995, gelatin silver print, 19 5/8 x 15 3/4".

Featuring twenty-six photographs made between the early 1960s and 2008, “Pérégrinations” offered a retrospective tour of Martine Franck’s work. A photo from 1995, Tory Island, Donegal, Ireland, was one of the show’s triumphs. It portrays two girls holding hands in midair as they jump off a wall; they’re caught in an instant of infectious excitement—in a “decisive moment,” as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Franck’s husband, called it. The image is rich with striking formal achievement: The bright white dress worn by one of the girls contrasts with the dark shadows she and her companion cast, and the wall, the pale sky above it, and the narrow band of dull sand below it form three flat, seamlessly integrated planes. The girls stand out from this geometric backdrop in dramatic relief, a “humanizing” addition to a barren scene, one that takes on grand gestural significance. If the wall

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