Who is Joao Silva?

2010-10-28 15:56
Joao Silva started taking pictures in 1989. He began his career with the Alberton Record, a local paper in South Africa. In 1991 Joao worked for "The Star", a Johannesburg daily newspaper, as a staff photographer before joining the Associated Press in 1994.

Joao Silva became a regular freelancer for the New York Times in 1996. In 2000 Joao became a contract photographer with the New York Times.

In 2000, Silva co-authored with Greg Marinovich 'The Bang-Bang Club', a factual account of press photographers who covered the end of the apartheid era in South Africa.

In 2005 Joao published 'In The Company of God', a photographic book on the Iraqi Shi'a during the American occupation and fragile democracy that followed.
Joao Silva has won numerous awards.

Silva's archived images are available from Picturenet Africa and The New York Times.

Joao Silva was born in 1966 in Lisbon, Portugal and lives with his family in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Silva sustained serious leg injuries on October 23, 2010 after stepping on a mine while covering the war in southern Afghanistan.

He was evacuated to the main US military base in southern Kandahar for medical treatment.

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