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Melanie's Picks: Stanley Greene's Black Passport



The concept, storyline and interviews in Stanley Greene's Black Passport are the product of the work of Teun van der Heijden. His firm, Hejiden Karwei, also conceived of the innovative design, both biography and travelogue that all neatly fits into one book, but much like a passport tells only a very minor part of the larger story. van der Heijden selects excerpts from over two years of interviews which he conducted with the photographer and uses Greene's images to illustrate the words (or maybe it is the other way around).  In the introduction, Greene uses the multi-layered allusion of human beings as beautiful Lepidoptera who, after experiencing the life of a photojournalist, metamorphosize into moths who continually get too close to the flame. Black Passport allows a glimpse into his engrossing life. Greene tells personal tales relating to his time in Paris, Moscow, Rwanda, Iraq, Lebanon, and San Francisco, among many other physical locations. The brief sampling of words and images -- in both grainy B&W and color -- leaves me wanting more, but questioning whether I can take it. 

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