Black Passport

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Aperture Foundation, 2009 - Photography - 288 pages
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The archetype of the war correspondent is freighted with an outsize heroic mythos to which world-renowned conflict photographer Stanley Greene is no stranger. Black Passportis 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 the West 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 Passportoffers 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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Born in Harlem in 1949. Wandering into East Berlin as the wall came down, his image made the world's press, pushing him away from fashion and into photojournalism. Now a member of the French agency "Vu," he worked for 10 years in Chechnya, bringing the horrors of the conflict to the attention of the world.

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