Stanley Greene – Chechnya

Chechnya - 1999

Woman living in a cave, Chechnya, 1999.

Stanley Greene (b. 1949, USA) was a teenager member of the Black Panthers, an anti-Vietnam War activist and a founding member of SF Camerawork, an exhibition space for avant-garde photography. Stanley studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and at the Image Works in Cambridge, Massachusetts. An encounter with W. Eugene Smith turned his energies to photojournalism. In 1986 he moved to Paris and by chance he was on hand to record the fall of the Berlin Wall, which made him a much-sought-after photojournalist.

While working for the Paris-based photo agency Agence Vu in October 1993, he was trapped and almost killed in the White House in Moscow during a coup attempt against President Boris Yeltsin. He has covered the war-torn countries Nagorno-Karabakh, Iraq, Somalia, Croatia, Kashmir, and Lebanon. Stanley has photographed in the former Soviet Union, in Central America, in Asia and in the Middle East.

He made a great impression with the photo book Open Wound: Chechnya 1994-2003, published by Trolley. He has won five World Press Photo awards and the W. Eugene Smith Award (2004). Stanley was awarded a Katrina Media Fellowship from the Open Society Institute in 2006. His book Black Passport was published in 2010 by Schilt Publishing, Amsterdam. In the summer of 2010, to mark the fifth commemoration of Hurricane Katrina, Stanley exhibited images of Katrina’s devastation and the aftermath in a truck-exhibition that drove from Houston to New Orleans in collaboration with Kadir van Lohuizen.

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