Joao Silva, photographer, of the famous Bang Bang Club, born in Portugal, based in South Africa, currently with The New York Times, was severely wounded in Afghanistan this past October 23rd when a land mine blew off both his legs and caused numerous additional injuries, several serious. Friends have set up a support page to help Joao defray the many expenses he and his family will incur during his recovery. You can purchase a print, contribute a donation, or simply send a message of support if you'd like to help.
(Thanks to Albert Bronson)
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Featured Comment by Craig Arnold: "This is terrible news.
"My wife (then girlfriend) worked with him for a few months back in the late 1980s as he was just really starting to build his reputation working on a local newspaper The Alberton Record; Alberton being a town just south of Johannesburg.
"I remember her coming back from some shoots with him where he went into the townships in their big silver staff car—a Colt (now Mitsubishi) Galant. They called it the silver bullet. She did much of the driving whilst he would shoot out of the window. They were certainly skirting if not outright breaking the law by going into places they were not supposed to. I remember being very worried that she was putting herself into such danger, and in fact she still has a pile of prints from some of those shoots, mostly taken by him, but a few that she took.
"He encouraged her to become a photojournalist too saying that she had a very good eye. Which is absolutely true, but she really wanted follow her passion and ambition to become a film editor, which I am very proud to say she did achieve. I must say though I'm very glad she didn't attempt to follow his rising star as a photojournalist in terminal days of Apartheid.
"Memory being the unreliable thing that it is, I cannot now recall whether I ever met him. I think probably not, but she used to talk about his energy and dynamism and utter fearlessness.
"We have always looked out for his pictures and admired his success and brilliance. And of course his numerous well-deserved awards."