6 Photojournalists on Conflict, Loss, and Redemption - Feature Shoot

22-year-old Basemae Maombi, whose eyes were cut out after she recognized one of them men raping her and called out his name in an attempt to make him stop. ©…

Conflict, available now on Netflix, comprises six episodes. Photographers Pete Muller, Joao Silva, Donna Ferrato, Nicole Tung, Robin Hammond, and Eros Hoagland are each given seven minutes or less to explain, justify, or simply to testify to the years they’ve spent on the frontline of some of the world’s deepest traumas. The entire series is barely 35 minutes, and those minutes go by in the blink of an eye, but—like the photographs made by its heroes and heroines—they stick around for a while.

Joao Silva: Looking Back, Moving Forward

In a solo show of work from his first 20 years as a photographer, Joao Silva chose to represent the three countries that most shaped him: Afghanistan, Iraq and South Africa.

Well, I mean, I’m not finished, I’m not done. I still have lots to accomplish. And as you know, I’m back at work. I’ve been running around. This last operation has been successful, so I kind of got back on the bandwagon with [the former South African president Nelson] Mandela. So I’m shooting riots and whatever else comes my way. It’s good to be out and about again. I walk free now. I no longer have a cane. That was the key to shooting pictures freely again. Both hands are free to grab a camera, and that’s just amazing.

Two Wars, Seen Many Ways

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

“Conflict Zone,” an exhibition of conflict photography opening Friday at the New York City Fire Museum, has gone through several versions. The project was originally conceived in fall 2010 as a fundraiser for Joao Silva, who had just been injured in Afghanistan while on assignment for The New York Times.

Joao Silva: 'This Is What I Do. This Is All That I Know.'

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.

People often ask me, “How can you stand there and watch people hack each other and take pictures?” You have to have clarity as to what your role is. If you want to help people, then you should not become a photographer. Having said that, we do help people. We help people all the time. Sometimes you help people with just the smallest of things. I’ve put people in the back of my vehicle and rushed them to the hospital. But unfortunately, the images are so stark sometimes that people tend to think that there’s a machine behind the camera, and that’s not the case. We are all human beings. The things that we see go through the eye straight into the brain. Some of those scenes never go away.

Back in Action and Back on Page 1

“I went to David Scull, the national picture editor, and said: ‘Joao’s there and has his equipment. Why don’t we assign him?’ It turns out that Joao was already shooting it.”

'To Be on the Edge of History'

Bill Keller talks with Joao Silva and Greg Marinovich about what animates — and terrifies — combat photographers.

Last week, Bill Keller, the executive editor of The New York Times, met with the photographers Joao Silva and Greg Marinovich at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where Mr. Silva is recovering from the grave injuries he suffered — including the loss of his legs — when a land mine exploded under him in Afghanistan. Their conversation, which served as the basis for Mr. Keller’s column in The Times Magazine this week, is presented here in full, with minor editing and condensing.

Two War Photographers On Their Injuries, Ethics

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

an interview taped Tuesday with combat photographers Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva, both of whom have been seriously injured in the field. Marinovich: "Just seeing someone — especially a mother over a young child or a young fighter or a young civilian who's being killed — and that look they give you as you come to photograph them, while you're kind of apologizing about photographing," he says. "And people want you photographing to show what's happened, but that look of hatred — that sometimes you get from a mother — is just so disturbing."

Joao Silva Doing Exceptional Following Major Reconstructive Surgery

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 - Movie Trailers - iTunes

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 t

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.

Bearing Witness

Why photographers like The Times’s Joao Silva, who lost his legs in Afghanistan this year, risk their lives for their profession.

TWENTY-FIVE years ago, Joao Silva was a troubled high school dropout on the streets of Johannesburg. His future looked bleak until the day a friend took him along on a photo shoot. Joao fell in love with the camera.

What Makes an Employee Proud

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.

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A Special Visit for Joao Silva's Recovery

Two photojournalists covering Afghanistan have sustained terrible injuries to their lower limbs from explosive devices. They met on Sunday.Who better to counsel one than the other?

Emilio Morenatti of The Associated Press, who lost his left foot and part of his left leg in August 2009, visited Joao Silva, a contract photographer for The New York Times, at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where Mr. Silva is recovering. He lost both of his legs on Oct. 23 while embedded on a patrol in Kandahar Province.

'It's the Photographer': Joao Silva's Fateful Assignment in Afghanistan – NYTimes.com

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.

Support Wounded Photographer João Silva – A Picture's Worth

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.  

Courage, Recognized: The Infantry and Joao Silva

Shots of battle from the war in Iraq in 2006, taken by the photographer Joao Silva, helped lead to a Bronze Star for a brave Marine sergeant who saved a fallen Marine’s life.

During a few frantic minutes late in 2006, Joao Silva, a photographer for The New York Times, made a series of photographs of a Marine sergeant, Jesse E. Leach, retrieving from the line of fire a radio operator, Lance Cpl. Juan Valdez-Castillo, who had just been shot by a sniper on a foot patrol in Karma, Iraq.

Fund Established for Injured Photog Joao Silva and Family | PDNPulse

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

Direct donations can be made using a PayPal link on storytaxi.com, a Web site run by the non-profit Hekaya Digital Storytelling.

Joao Silva: 'Acting Despite Fear.' An Interview by Michael Kamber – NYTimes.com

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.

Widespread Impact From an Afghan Mine

Joao Silva is known for his bravery and his caution in covering battle zones. Friends and colleagues were shocked by news he had been severely injured in Afghanistan.

Friends, colleagues and competitors of the photojournalist Joao Silva — there are many people in the first two categories, very few in the third — struggled to make sense on Saturday of the news that he had been severely injured when he stepped on a mine in Afghanistan. ... “Those of you who know Joao will not be surprised to learn that throughout this ordeal he continued to shoot pictures,” said Bill Keller, the executive editor of The Times, in a memorandum to the staff.