Originally conceived as a fund-raiser for Joao Silva, “Conflict Zone” — which opens in New York on Friday — has become a collaborative effort to show the humanity in war. The New York show is dedicated to Chris Hondros, who believed in photographing share
Joao Silva’s work will be featured this week at the Visa Pour l’Image photojournalism festival. Earlier in August, Mr. Silva spoke in front of a large audience at the Bronx Documentary Center. Here is a condensed version.
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
Photojournalist Joao Silva is doing exceptionally well this morning following extensive reconstructive surgery at the hands of three teams of specialized surgeons yesterday at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, his boss New York Times assistant managing editor Michele McNally told News Photographer magazine this morning
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.
What makes me proud of this newspaper is the incredible people like Joao Silva, the war photographer who stepped on a landmine in October. And the newspaper’s decision to hire him as a full-time staff member after he lost his lower legs.
This slide show is taken from the memory card that was in Joao Silva’s camera on Oct. 23 when he stepped on an anti-personnel mine at Checkpoint 16, near the village of Deh-e-Kuchay, Afghanistan. Mr. Silva, a contract photographer for The New York Times, and Carlotta Gall, a Times correspondent, were on patrol with a squad of 10 or 15 American soldiers and a unit of Afghan soldiers and police officers.
The idea came up to take the effort a step further by setting up an entire website to sell João's prints and help raise funds. We donated an account and photojournalist/web designer David Brabyn donated the design and configuration work. Together, David and Greg worked very quickly to gather some of João's best work and design a website around it - that website launches today. Please take a look and consider helping out.
Since the news went out that photographer Joao Silva had been severely wounded when he stepped on a mine in Afghanistan on Saturday, colleagues have sent messages of support to Silva’s Facebook page and The New York Times, where Silva is on contract. Ph
The following interview was conducted in Baghdad on Dec. 9, 2009, by Michael Kamber, a seasoned conflict photographer himself (“Hard Lessons From Somalia,” “A Long and Dangerous Road,” “Minders, Fixers, Troubles”). He is working on a book about photojournalism and war photography. This condensed version of their conversation begins with Mr. Silva describing his background.