Stanley Greene

Stanley Greene

For the last 25 years, Stanley Greene (New York, 1949) bore witness to births of new dawns, rising and falling empires, invasions of countries, liberations of others, mass migrations, deportations, displacements, famines, conflicts, wars and destructions. He worked on the five continents trying to document the human condition. “Sometimes I wonder if societies just lust for tragedies.”

As a teenager, he was a member of the Black Panthers, an anti-Vietnam War activist and later a founding member of SF Camerawork, an exhibition space for avant-garde photography in San Francisco.

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. Stanley began photographing for magazines and worked as temporary staff photographer for the New York Newsday.

In 1986 he moved to Paris and, by chance, he was on hand to record the fall of the Berlin Wall, making 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.

Stanley has covered the war-torn countries Nagorno-Karabakh, Iraq, Somalia, Croatia, Kashmir, Afghanistan, and Lebanon, amongst others. He’s won numerous awards, including five World Press Photo Award and the Eugene Smith Humanistic Grant. In 2013, Stanley was awarded The Aftermath Project grant for his project “The Rise of Islam in the Caucasus."

He made a great impression with the photo book "Open Wound: Chechnya 1994-2003", published by Trolley. Also successful is “Black Passport”, photographed and lived by Stanley, compiled by Teun van der Heijden, was published in 2009 and published 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.

Stanley continues to cover important world events and recently followed the trail of electronic waste to Nigeria, India, China and Pakistan; a project realized with the support of the Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography, GEO France and exhibited at the international photojournalism festival Visa pour l'Image 2012.

Stanley's black and white silver prints are printed by Nathalie Lopparelli's Atelier Fenêtre sur Cour, in Paris. In her long career, Nathalie has printed for Brassaï, William Klein, Gérard Rondeau, was the personal printer of Sébastiao Salgado and has worked extensively for Magnum.


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  • Chad
  • FRANCE, Paris, 1991A homeless man asleep in the Paris Metro
  • War in Lebanon
  • Katrina, 2005-2006
  • The rape of the landsÊÈMilitarization and uprising : impacts of a savage industrialization.

salvador da bahia

Stanley Greene -

Salvador da Bahia is a city of about 3 million citizens located in Brazil’s…

black passport

Stanley Greene - up to 2011

“I think you can only do this for eight years. For eight years you…

black passport – multimedia

Stanley Greene - October 2011

A trailer to promote Stanley Greene's new photo book: Black Passport. A visual biography…

rencontre avec stanley greene – multimedia

Stanley Greene - 2011

Interview with Stanley Greene for Nikon France. Stanley Greene reflects on his career as…

haiti, republic of chaos – multimedia

Stanley Greene - 2011

Stanley Greene talks to Polka on the 6th of February 2011. He speaks about…

a drop of blood between turkey and syria

Stanley Greene - July 2011

The region of Hatay, formerly Alexandretta, shapes, on the map of Turkey, a drop…

daily life in kamrangirchar slum, dhaka

Stanley Greene - June 2011

An estimated 400,000 people live in the Kamrangirchar Peninsula. Previously a dumping ground for…

photographers in conflict – multimedia

Stanley Greene - June 2011

Stanley Greene took part in a series of group interviews for "Photographers in Conflict,"…

putin’s russia

Stanley Greene - 2000 - 2010

Putin tells this story about when he was a kid, chasing rats with a…

hunting the fish into the light – solutions

Stanley Greene - December 2010

Mbita is a town close to Lake Victory where fishermen use solar light to…

“hold the sun in your hand” solar energy in kenya – solutions

Stanley Greene - November 2010

Kenya, November 2010. The beginning of the journey to search for the usages of solar…

shadow of change: greenland – consequences

Stanley Greene - October 2010

Uummannaq Dumping Ground Standing over the cliffs looking at the icebergs, one can see the…