Silva ‘doing much better’

2011-01-04 12:33

Photographer Joao Silva, who was injured in Afghanistan last year, is improving, his wife Vivian told Sapa today.

“He’s fine, he’s getting along. He is still at the Walter Reed Army Medical Centre in Washington and will probably be there for the rest of the year,” she said.

Silva’s condition was stable and there were no life threatening problems.

“We are focusing on rehabilitation now,” Vivian said.

His parents were currently with him in Washington. Vivian and the children were going to go visit Silva at the end of February.

When asked how the family was doing, Vivian said they were coping.

“What else can we do,” she said.

Silva was working for the New York Times covering the war in Afghanistan when he was seriously injured in a landmine explosion late last year.

He has undergone a number of operations after losing both legs below the knees.

An auction of Silva’s work in November last year, to help raise money for him, raised more than R200 000.

Some of the pictures were from the day he was hurt but not of the incident itself.

Silva was born in Lisbon, Portugal, and was based in Johannesburg.

He was associated with the Bang-Bang Club, the nickname for a group of four photographers who covered events in South Africa during apartheid.

The other three were Kevin Carter, Ken Oosterbroek and Greg Marinovich.

Silva has worked in Africa, the Balkans, Central Asia, Russia, and the Middle East.

His images have won numerous awards.

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