"Black Passport"

Stanley Greene


From 3rd to 30th October

Old fire center - Access by the Gauquelin-Despallières place - Open every day from 3rd to 9th October - Open only during week-end from 10th to 30th October - From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Free entry


Compiled by Teun van der Heijden

“I think you can only keep positive for eight years. If you stay at it longer than that, you turn. And not into a beautiful butterfly." Stanley Greene

Black Passport is a visual biography of war photographer Stanley Greene, made into an audio-visual exhibition. It shows Stanley’s war images alternated with private images. The viewer gets to know Stanley’s friends, his wife (later ex-wife), his female friends and his colleagues. Like Stanley himself, the viewer experiences being tossed to and from between the safe western life and the horrors of wars elsewhere. What effect does this work – the confrontation with horrors – have on his character? How does it influence his relationships, his loved ones and friends?

Stanley Greene was born in New York in 1949, and as a teenager was a 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. 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, 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 for his work around the world and he won the W. Eugene Smith Award in 2004. Stanley was awarded a Katrina Media Fellowship from the Open Society Institute in 2006.
The book Black passport was published in 2010 by Schilt Publishing, Amsterdam, and awarded several times.