Stanley Greene

Stanley Greene

Stanley Greene (USA) 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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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…

shadows of change – multimedia

Stanley Greene - October 2009

“This weather does not belong to us. It belongs to someone else. If we…

chalk lines

Stanley Greene - March 2007

Chalk lines (a direct reference to the outlines around dead bodies made during a crime…

empire of dirt

Stanley Greene - December 2008

I began this quest to try and understand the back-story of the tragedy of…

hurricane katrina – multimedia

Stanley Greene - October 2008

Stanley Greene reflects on his work on Hurricane Katrina in an interview at the…

road to ruin

Stanley Greene - July 2008

Along the Silk Road: Road to Ruin - From Stanley Greene's Journal: "When one…

katrina aftermath

Stanley Greene - 2005-2007

Five months after Hurricane Katrina hit the US Gulf coast, Stanley Greene documented the…