As Greene's work in Egypt evolved he began to place greater emphasis on evoking a place rather than merely strictly describing it. The dark tonal range which pervades much of his work mirrors his own fragile grip on the world and as his health rapidly deteriorated. Greene's negatives were produced with the specific intention of creating positive prints and yet, any wider understanding of the artist must acknowledge the integrity of these negatives independent of this use. The luminous aura accompanying the reversal of the normal experience of light and shade which these objects produced, ensured their status as an equally valued component of artistic output. The beauty and the originality of the work of J.B. Greene lies in his own romance with the dark field of the paper negative.
Librairie orientale et américaine, Paris; Marie-Thérèse and André Jammes