Black Passport



According to Stanley Greene, you can only keep positive for eight years. If you stay at it longer than that, you turn. And not into a beautiful butterfly.

Compiled out of hours of interviews by Teun van der Heijden, this book shows Stanley Greene's war images alternated with private images. The viewer gets to know his friends, his (ex)wife, his female friends and his colleagues. Along with Stanley, the viewer experiences the almost schizophrenic balance between living the safe western life and the horrors of wars elsewhere. What effect does this have on a man's character? How does it influence his relationships, his love and friendships? Stanley Greene can only speak from his own experience, of course, but that experience is so vast and deep that it becomes hard to imagine getting anywhere closer to the psyche of a photographer of conflict becoming a man of conflicts than here. The pictures are familiar, we know what war photography looks like and Stanley Greene's work is renowned and widely acknowledged in the field of photojournalism, but in Black Passport we get to feel the warm flesh and running blood around these bones. A standard and monumental (or should we say Mono Mental) book that defines the international careers of both the photographer Stanley Greene and that of top of the bill designer Teun van der Heijden.

Black Passport is available for sale from Schilt Publishing. Read our interview with book designer Teun van der Heijden here.