Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris, France, 1992 © Martine Franck / Magnum Photos



How is the Fondation HCB financed?
The Fondation HCB has been recognized by the French Government as being for public benefit but it is a privately financed institution. The Fondation depends on private funding to continue restoring its collection, to organize high-quality exhibitions and to publish catalogues.

Are the collections open for research? How can one consult them?
Individuals may consult the Fondation’s collection for research purposes by taking an appointment with the archival department. The majority of the HCB and Martine Franck archives can be viewed on the Magnum website:

Are there other museums neighboring the Fondation HCB?
Yes, in the Marais you can visit the Musée Picasso, the Centre Pompidou, the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme, the Musée Cognacq-Jay, the Archives Nationales, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (amongst others).

What HCB and Martine Franck derived merchandise is available for sale?
HCB and Martine Franck were against using their names and their works for commercial purposes. However, there are a number of books, catalogues, postcards and magnets available for purchase.



What is the connection between HCB and Magnum?
Henri Cartier-Bresson founded Magnum Photos in 1947 with Robert Capa, David Seymour (Chim) and George Rodger. HCB was no longer a voting member of Magnum since 1965, however his photographs are still distributed by Magnum Photos. You can view the HCB archive on the Magnum Photos website: www.magnumphotos.com

What works of HCB and Martine Franck are visible at the Fondation HCB?
According to its founders’ will, the Fondation HCB preserves the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Martine Franck but does not devote space to a permanent exhibition of their photographs. Located in the Marais, the place also welcomes the work of other photographers.

The work of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Martine Franck travels internationally, in prestigious institutions.



Does the Fondation HCB give grants?
The Fondation gives the HCB Award every other year. The HCB Award is an amount of 35 000€. The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès is the patron of the HCB Award.

How does one apply for the HCB Award?
By downloading the application form on this site.



How can one publish an HCB – Martine Franck photograph?
For any use, please contact Magnum Photos : www.magnumphotos.com

Does the Fondation sell HCB or Martine Franck prints?
Where one purchase signed prints of HCB or Martine Franck photographs?
The Fondation does not sell HCB or Martine Franck prints. However if you wish to acquire an HCB or Martine Franck print, please contact: aude.raimbault@henricartierbresson.org and you will be oriented towards galleries. The Fondation HCB offers a complementary expert-run print verification service as well as official certificates of authenticity.

Does the Foundation buy work by other artists ?
No, save in exceptional cases.