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Wars and Victims
18 Februari 2008

It remains essential for journalists to scour the ground, unimpeded, using the only weapons we know. Our cameras, notebooks and voices make us the unwelcome pests of aggressors around the world. Witnesses are inconvenient. Yet as most of my colleagues will agree, countries such as Irak, Chad, The Caucasus, and Chechnya, are becoming harder to cover.

In the world of spot news, publications don't want to pay for long engagements in complicated zones because its getting much harder to afford it. Authorities block access. And the lack of access, infrastructure and personal security makes logistics a nightmare.

Despite the odds, sometimes the effort can make a difference, and those rare moments never cease to satisfy in a profession that is otherwise lonely, demanding and thankless. Journalism rewards you with long days and even longer nights. There is no such thing as taking pictures from a place of safety, and you often pack your feelings in a suitcase until you can return to ‘reality.’

Some colleagues living in this perpetual emotional yo-yo are able to maintain a relationship, money in the bank, and perhaps even their sanity. If you're like the rest of us not born under that star, you never stop trying to find it. For the last fifteen years I have bore witness to long histories of invasions, mass migrations, conflicts, wars and destructions 

This group of images is to provide a body of work that is about war and victims but also, it's about photojournalism and the importance of those photo-correspondents that are passionate about shining the light in dark places.  The resultant series of black and white and color photographs are more than a mere documentation of the darkness which exists in the world.  Journalists today are like disaster tourists going from one hot place to the next.  It has never been my intention to be such a photographer.  I think it is better to build a full body of work which demonstrates the longevity of a working photojournalist, today and yesterday.  I think that this should be taken into consideration when looking at this work.  It is a fragment, taken from longer and larger photo-essays.

Stanley Greene - sometimes we need tragedies



World Press Photo
February 2008

In the 2008 World Press Photo Contest, Stanley Greene won the second prize in 'General News' (singles) with his picture of an attack plan drawn in sand at the Chadian-Sudanese border.

www.worldpressphoto.org


Noor Photoagency
September 2007

Noor officially launched during the this year's Visa Pour l’Image festival in the South of France. Noor is a collective of nine independent documentary photographers, pooling their strengths and committed to working independently to make impact on world views and opinions through photography. In a combined effort - and with support and coordination of managing director Claudia Hinterseer and associate editor Lotti Pronk - Noor will promote, sell and exhibit the work of its founding member photographers:

Samantha Appleton
Jodi Bieber
Philip Blenkinsop
Pep Bonet
Jan Grarup
Stanley Greene
Yuri Kozyrev
Kadir van Lohuizen
Francesco Zizola

www.noorimages.com


Video

Open Wound, Chechnya 1994 –2003

Stanley Greene talks about his experience of the Chechen resistance to Russian domination.
Published by Trolley Books. Directed and Edited By Stephen J. Bell.

Video -  3 Parts