The aim of The Stanley Greene Legacy Prize & Fellowship is to support the work and professional aspirations of underrepresented photojournalists from the United States who create work that echoes the passion with which Stanley approached photography.
Stanley’s perspective was informed by his travels – he left home and went outside his comfort-zone in order to highlight the injustices of the world.
Applicants should be ready and willing to expand their worldview in a similar fashion. Simply put, the vision of photographers of color should be seen everywhere, at home and abroad, and the fellowship will help make that happen.
The one-year fellowship under the stewardship of Stanley’s colleagues at NOOR includes training, grant-writing support, and networking with media industry leaders to open pathways for the fellow’s work to reach wider audiences. Additionally, the fellow will receive a $10,000 prize fellowship plus travel expenses for field reporting or research up to $2500.
“I decided to devote my life and photographic work to witnessing, denouncing the numerous and seemingly never ending horrors which our times are constantly producing.” -Stanley Greene
Stanley Greene went where he wasn’t supposed to go. As a Black American man, he defied expectations and photographed places, people, and stories he was not expected to; the early days of the West Coast punk scene, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the rebel takeover of Russia’s parliament, the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Ukraine, and the conflict that defined his career, the decade-long war in Chechnya.
Stanley’s career began in earnest when he left the United States, and for many years, his work was published mostly by European outlets.
If there was anything that Stanley hoped to see, it was a diversification of the perspectives included in media. But realizing that vision would require not only a diversification of who gets to tell the story; but a diversification of who gets jobs to tell the story.