Stanley Greene

Stanley Greene

Stanley Greene (USA, 1949) was as a teenager a member of the Black Panthers and anti-Vietnam War activist, well known in the early years of his career for his work The Western Front, a unique documentation of the 70s and 80s punk scene in San Francisco. An encounter with W. Eugene Smith turned his energies to photojournalism. Stanley began photographing for magazines, and worked as temporary staff photographer for the New York Newsday.

In 1986, he moved to Paris and began covering events throughout the world. By chance, he was on hand to record the fall of the Berlin Wall. The changing political winds in Eastern Europe and Russia brought Greene to a different kind of photojournalism. He soon found himself photographing the myriad aspects of the decline of communism and the break-up of the Soviet Union. 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 was the only western journalist inside to covered it. Two of his pictures won the World Press Photo Awards.

He went to Southern Sudan to photograph the war and famine there for Globe Hebdo (France). He traveled to Bhopal, India, for Globe Hebdo again, to report on the aftermath of the Union Carbide gas poisoning. Greene was invited by the group Médecins sans Frontières in 1994 to document their emergency relief operation from the cholera epidemic in Rwanda and Zaire. He has covered the war-torn countries Nagorno-Karabakh, Iraq, Sudan, Darfur, Afghanistan, Kashmir, and Lebanon.
Stanley Greene was a member of Agence VU in Paris from 1991 to 2007. Beginning in 1993, Greene was based in Moscow working for the French daily Liberation, the weekly Paris Match, Time, The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Le Nouvel Observateur as well as other international news magazines. From 1994 to 2001, Greene photographed extensively the conflict in Chechnya, between rebels and the Russian armed forces. A body of his work from this time was published in a book by Actes Sud in 1995: Dans Les Montagnes Où Vivent Les Aigles. His work also appeared in Anna Politkovskaya’s 2001 book, A Dirty War: A Russian Reporter In Chechnya. He also made a great impression with the photo book "Open Wound: Chechnya 1994-2003", published by Trolley in 2003.

Stanley was awarded a Katrina Media Fellowship from the Open Society Institute in 2006. In 2010, to mark the fifth commemoration of Hurricane Katrina, he set up with Kadir van Lohuizen “Those who fell through the cracks”, a collaborative project that documents Hurricane Katrina's effects on Gulf coast residents.

His book “Black passport” was published in 2010 and published by Schilt Publishing, Amsterdam. He has been awarded five World Press Photo awards for his work around the world, and won the W. Eugene Smith Award and the Alicia Patterson in 2004. Stanley Greene also won the Pipak 2011 (International Price Albert Kahn Planet). In june 2012, he was the guest of honor of Tbilisi photo festival and started a project on e-wastes traveling to Nigeria, India, China and Pakistan. In 2013, Stanley received the Aftermath Project Grant to continue his work in the Caucasus.


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southern sudan, 1993/2003: consequences of an ongoing civil war

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"Today in South Sudan, a catastrophe is taking place unnoticed. A succession of natural…

za’atari: tears in the sand

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Za’atari is a refugee camp on the northern Jordan border with Syria, which is…

twenty-five years after the fall

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Twenty-five years ago, on November 9th, 1989 - NOOR photographer Stanley Greene witnessed the most…

journey of the dead: from ukraine to russia

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30 men are stretched out in coffins. They are not from the rebel state…

the invasion

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Before the invasion of Dagestan in 1999, according to Boris Berezovsky, he claims he…

the mysterious chechen island

Stanley Greene - Series Captured: 26/11/2013

Long ago the island was used for Chechen Prisoners that fought in the Caucasus…

love in the barricades

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A  revolution is like a great love affair. In the beginning she is a…

syrian dust

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Worn out, and soul of dust, you twist and turn amid the piled sandbags…

the dead and the alive

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March is also March in Syria, light, it’s slightly wavy hills, embroidered with primroses…

vogue italy interviews stanley greene – multimedia

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"Despite having documented conflicts for over 30 years, his humanity has not been affected,"…

on the battleground in ohio

Stanley Greene - Oct. - Nov. 2012

This is a photo essay going back to the rawness of photo-journalism: the trip…

standing at the graveyards of e-waste

Stanley Greene - Jan. > Aug. 2012

My quest following the e-waste trail began by accident while standing over the cliffs…