Combat photographer Joao Silva is at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he's recovering after losing his legs in an explosion in October. Greg Marinovich is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer who was shot four times while covering conflicts. Silva
The Bang Bang Club is the real life story of a group of four young combat photographers - Greg Marinovich, Joao Silva, Kevin Carter and Ken Oosterbroek - bonded by friendship and their sense of purpose to tell the truth. They risked their lives and used their camera lenses to tell the world of the brutality and violence associated with the first free elections in post Apartheid South Africa in the early 90s. This intense political period brought out their best work (two won Pulitzers during the period) but cost them a heavy price. Based on the book of the same name by Marinovich and Silva, the film stars Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman and Taylor Kitsch and explores the thrill, danger and moral questions associated with exposing the truth.
The first thing I noticed on going to see Joao at the Walter Reed (after all the uniforms, of course) is that there are dispensers with antiseptic hand gel everywhere. And god forbid you try to enter a patient’s room without cleaning your hands. The obsessive hygiene is like a sickness itself, to the ignorant eye, what with people washing their hands compulsively. The bacteria they most fear is a little critter called Acinetobacter baumannii.
Showcase: The Bang Bang Club (Part 2 of 2) – Lens Blog – NYTimes.com:
In the second of a two-part series on the Bang Bang Club — a group of four young photographers who unblinkingly chronicled the upheaval in South Africa in the 1990s — Greg Marinovich recalls the torment of watching deadly violence unfold before him. In an instant, he had to decide whether he could do more good by intervening personally or by chronicling the moment to let the world know what was happening. His pictures of a man being burned alive won a Pulitzer Prize in 1991. Readers are cautioned that this scene and several others in the audio slide show are quite disturbing.
Showcase: The Bang Bang Club (Part 1 of 2) – Lens Blog – NYTimes.com:
Though legendary in photojournalism circles, the Bang Bang Club never formally existed. It was really more of a bond among four young photographers — Kevin Carter, Greg Marinovich, Ken Oosterbroek and Joao Silva — united by their ideals, their photography and the historical events unfolding in South Africa in the 1990s.