Open WoundStanley GreeneText by: André Glucksmann and Christian Caujolle
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Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, is a city scarred by the bloody resistance to the Russians' rape and murder of its people, after the collapse of communism there in 1991. The Chechen rebellion that followed this onslaught was recorded by Stanley Greene for a period of nine years. It is a vision of hell in the eyes of the survivors.
The collapse of Russian communism in 1991 resounded to the shudder of an empire. Soviet imperialism and empiricism was dead and lands, nations and peoples would henceforth be free from the tyranny of the communist diktat. But it also sounded the death knell of a small, impoverished, forgotten land-locked state in the Caucasus which had the misfortune to be of geopolitical importance.

Chechnya reiterated its largely Muslim claim to independence from Russia, one they had first made 150 years before. Then, of course, they had no knowledge of the importance of oil; they were peasants hurling clods against the cavalry of Imperialist Russia. They do now. A blitzkrieg was launched against the Chechens in 1994, so devastating as to reduce Grozny, the capital, to a city of rubble and rats, the Dresden of the Caucasus. There followed the systematic rape and murder of the people - men, women and children - by the Spetznatz, the Russian special forces.

But the Chechens would not die. What is left in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, is a vision of hell in the eyes of the survivors - pictured by Stanley Greene - that seems impossible to contemplate. The horrific politics of Yeltsin and Putin are reasonably comprehensible, given their roles. But what do the mothers of the Russian soldiers who have done this to Chechnya feel now about their sons?

Stanley Greene's photographs in
Open Wound are so powerful as to make these our responsibilities. He is unashamed to use guilt, with his painter's eye, to relate the deeds of men in Chechnya to our own conduct.
ISBN: 978-1-904563-01-3
Publication Year: 2003
Binding: Hardback with jacket
Pages: 220
Format: 270 x 240
Illustrations: 72 duotone and 20 colour
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Designer: Sandrine De Gea
List: Photography/ Current Affairs
Stanley Greene was a painter for many years before turning to photography in 1970. Two years later he enrolled in the School of Visual Arts in New York, and in 1973 transferred to Image Works in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1975 Greene enrolled in the San Francisco Art Institute where he received both a BFA and an MFA in photography by 1980. At the same time he co-founded Camera Work Gallery with five other photographers in San Francisco. In 1980, Greene began working for publications including the San Francisco Examiner and Rolling Stone. In 1986, he moved to Paris.

American Photography Awards
selected as one of the ten best photography books of the year.

World Press Photo 2004 2004
awarded in the Daily Life Story category