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American war photographer Stanley Greene dies aged 68

US photographer Stanley Greene is pictured at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2010

US photographer Stanley Greene is pictured at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2010 (AFP Photo/Valery HACHE)

Paris (AFP) – American war photographer Stanley Greene, who won five World Press Photo awards, died in Paris on Friday aged 68, the Noor Images agency he co-founded said.

Greene passed away in a hospital in the French capital after a long illness, Noor Images’s managing director Clement Saccomani said.

“He passed away surrounded by his friends,” Saccomani told AFP of Greene, who was unmarried and had no children.

The New York-born photographer was a member of the Black Panthers in his youth and an anti-Vietnam War activist before producing “Western Front”, a portrayal of San Francisco’s punk scene in the 1970s and 1980s.

Greene later turned to photojournalism and moved to Paris in 1986. By chance he was on hand to record the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

He went on to photograph wars in Chechnya, Iraq, Darfur, Afghanistan, Kashmir and Lebanon among others.

“He was currently working on a project on Russia, a road trip looking at Russia 100 years after the revolution,” friend and fellow photographer Kadir van Lohuizen told AFP.

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