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From the darkness of the soul

Internationally, he is considered a legend, but in Norway few have heard of war photographer Stanley Greene, who died earlier this year.

How to live a normal life after covering the cruelest acts of war?

One of the last days of Film from the South Festival in Oslo is shown Last Men in Aleppo by director Feras Fayyad. It is almost incomprehensible that the city I visited in November 2008 is now in ruins. At that time, I experienced a warmth in Aleppo's residents that I see again in the critically acclaimed documentary, where we come close to "The White Helmets" – a group of men trying to save civilians after air strikes. Last Men in Aleppo is a unique portrayal of fellowship and presence in a terrible day of war with daily loss of someone you love.

Stanley Greene, AFP Photo / Valery Hache

The ability to see. Like the film's director, the recently deceased photographer Stanley Greene has portrayed the situation in Aleppo during the war years. Both show the ability to really see the people they portray by taking them and their life situation seriously. Photography and film are powerful media that, without going through the possible pitfalls of words, affect our emotional lives. . .

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Kaisa Ytterhaug
Ytterhaug is a freelancer in Ny Tid.

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