lesson plan for stanley greene's "hidden scars" | aftermath project work

Minutka Circle, Grozny. January 1995. Chechen rebels retrieve their dead commander in silence.

Hidden Scars

“My photographs are not about technique or “art”; they’re about pure gut feel and an attempt to discover hidden scars. At first, war photography seemed like a way to test myself, to exist on a knife-edge where there’s constant proof of being alive. Today covering conflicts is a very personal form of protest.”

Stanley Greene


A new lesson plan for educators featuring Stanley Greene’s work “Hidden Scars” from Chechnya in conversation with his collection of photographs “Open Wound” is now available for free use. The lesson plan and image guide can be downloaded from the Aftermath Project website.


 The suite of lessons is developed for photography educators who want to help their students to:


  • explore the idea of visual echoes in photographs from war and its aftermath;
  • develop and practice visual analysis and interpretive skills with visual echoes;
  • explore how context and perspective of the conflict photographer inform our understanding of  their image 

The Aftermath Project is a non-profit organization that awards grants to documentary photographers covering the aftermath of conflict. Every year the Aftermath Project also publishes book of works by its grant finalists. 


Stanley Greene covered the Caucasus region for two decades.  His perspective on war in Chechnya culminated in the work “Open Wound” (2003). The series of images “Hidden Scars” (2013) explored the aftermath of war and was produced through the support of the Aftermath Project grant.


Photos ©Stanley Greene