Photographs by Stanley Greene. Text by Teun van der Heijden.
Aperture, 2010. 288 pp., 125 color illustrations, 6¾x8¾".
The archetype of the war correspondent
is freighted with an outsize
heroic mythos to which worldrenowned
Stanley Greene is no stranger. Black
Passport is his autobiographical
monograph-cum-scrapbook, and it
transports the viewer behind the
news as Greene reflects upon his
career, oscillating between the relative
safety of life in theWest and
the traumas of wars abroad. This
glimpse of the polarities that have
comprised Greene’s life raises
essential questions about the role
of the photojournalist, as well as
concerns about its repercussions:
what motivates someone to willingly
confront death and misery?
To do work that risks one’s life? Is it
political engagement, or a sense of
commitment to telling difficult
stories? Or does being a war photographer
simply satisfy a yearning
for adventure? Black Passport offers
an experience that is both exceptionally
personal and ostensibly
objective. Built around Greene’s
narrating monologue, the book’s
26 short, nonsequential “scenes”
are each illustrated by a portfolio
of his work.
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