Black Passport.  Photographs by Stanley Greene. Text by Teun van der Heijden.

Black Passport.

Photographs by Stanley Greene. Text by Teun van der Heijden.
Aperture, 2010. 288 pp., 125 color illustrations, 6¾x8¾".

Publisher's Description
The archetype of the war correspondent is freighted with an outsize heroic mythos to which worldrenowned conflict photographer 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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