© Martine Franck, 1977, Pompidou Centre, National Museum of Modern Art, Paris

"Paris - New York" exhibition. Photographs from the "Handshow " by the French artist Robert FILLIOU and the US artist Scott HYDE showing the hands of 24 artists.

Magnum Photos just announced the passing of beloved member, Martine Franck. May her soul rest in peace…

"It is with great regret and profound sadness that I have to announce the passing of Martine Franck. Martine was not only an incredibly talented photographer, she was also a dear friend and colleague to us, and an inspiration to many. Magnum has lost a point of reference, a lighthouse, and one of our most influential and beloved members with her death. Her wisdom, wit and intelligence will be missed immensely by all of us.  Goodbye Martine." (Alex Majoli; President, Magnum Photos)

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© Martine Franck, 1996, Shechen Monastery, Bodnath / Nepal

Tulku Khentrul Lodro Rabsel (12 years old) with his tutor Lhagyel.

At the age of 5, Khentrul decided that he had lived enough with his parents and that it was time for him to enter the monastery. Two or three years after their death, important lamas are reincarnated in the body of a child. The search for this child is based on the information left by the lama himself: dreams, visions and the intuition of other lamas.

The Tulkus are discovered at 3 or 4 years of age, declared at about 4 or 5 and then enter the monastery at the age of 6. According to the rules of the monastery, each Tulku is instructed by a tutor and is either prevented or restricted from seeing other young monks from their age group. All the Tulkus are called Rinpoche which means “the precious one”. (source)

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