Black Passport

by Stanley greene

 

France, Paris, 2006, Fireflies

France, Paris, 2006, Fireflies

Black Passport is the biography of the life of war photographer Stanley Greene. It shows Greene’s war images alternated with private images. The viewer makes acquaintance with Stanley’s friends, his wife (later ex-wife), his female friends and his colleagues. Just as Greene 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?

France, Paris, 1986, Black & White Ball.

France, Paris, 1989, Carol Spooner takes a snapshot, 3 Rue Bleue.

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Russia, Moscow, 1993, Moscow Putch, The two-week stand off between Russian President Borris Yeltisn and former Vice President Rutskoi, barrackaded in the Parliament building, finally flarred into violence. Moscow turned into an open-air shooting range for Rutskoi's rag tag army of communist Russia, Moscow, militants sitting together

Russia, Moscow, 1993, People carrying an injured person on stretcher. Hundreds of rebels were herded out of the devastated building by troops as Yeltsin and the world breathed a sigh of relief. But scores of others left under white sheets. The official Kremlin death toll for the two days of fighting was 142; all but 21 were civilians.

Russia, Moscow, 1993, People carrying an injured person on stretcher. Hundreds of rebels were herded out of the devastated building by troops as Yeltsin and the world breathed a sigh of relief. But scores of others left under white sheets. The official Kremlin death toll for the two days of fighting was 142; all but 21 were civilians.

I think you can only do this for eight years. For eight years you can still keep the positive. If you stay at it longer than eight years, you turn. And not into a beautiful butterfly. You really turn. I see it in myself, I see it in all my friends and colleagues. I mean they are all victims of post trauma. We’re not the beautiful butterflies anymore. We become moths. We’re like moths flying to the flame.You know, sometimes your wings get singed or you just burn up. Get killed. Or you burn up inside.The drugs and the alcohol and the party and all of this is to push it away, push it away.
— Stanley Greene
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Iraq, 2004, Road side explosion, Northern Iraq.

Iraq, 2004, Road side explosion, Northern Iraq.

USA, Louisiana, New Orleans, 2006, Narcotics division police officers in New Orleans felt that the lower 9th ward was a hotbed of crime, gambling, racketeering, graft, shootings, pimps, drugs and prostitution.

USA, Louisiana, New Orleans, 2006, Narcotics division police officers in New Orleans felt that the lower 9th ward was a hotbed of crime, gambling, racketeering, graft, shootings, pimps, drugs and prostitution.