João Silva back on the front page

2011-07-29 07:51

Washington - A New York Times photographer who lost his legs to a mine in Afghanistan returned to the front page of the paper on Thursday with a picture from the US military hospital where he is undergoing treatment.

João Silva was wounded in October while on a patrol in Kandahar Province, evacuated to Germany and eventually to the Walter Reed Army Medical Centre in Washington.

Silva snapped a picture of soldiers and visitors at the closing ceremony for Walter Reed on Wednesday and it was selected for the front page of Thursday's edition of the newspaper.

The Times' director of photography, Michele McNally, told the newspaper a decision was made at the morning editorial meeting to assign Silva to cover the ceremony.

"It turns out that Joao was already shooting it," McNally said.

Silva is walking on prosthetic legs and with a cane. He told the Times: "There will come a time when I can run, but now I can walk."

While he can't run yet, the newspaper said Silva is training to compete in November's New York Marathon, using a handcycle.

With the closure of Walter Reed, Silva and other patients will receive treatment at the nearby National Naval Medical Centre in Bethesda, Maryland.

- New York Times story

  • Protest - 2011-07-29 08:16

    Now why is this story under the South Africa category?

      Butters - 2011-07-29 08:25

      Maybe because : João Silva (born August 9, 1966 in Lisbon, Portugal)and lives with his family in Johannesburg, South Africa. Joao is a war photographer based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was one of four people commonly associated with the Bang-Bang Club, a group of photographers who covered South Africa from the time of Nelson Mandela's release to the first elections in 1994. 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.

      JohnnyWotten - 2011-07-29 08:26

      Because he's South African. Look up the Bang Bang Club.

  • JohnnyWotten - 2011-07-29 08:31

    What a legend. Keep walking, João.

  • tennilleg - 2011-07-29 08:38

    @Protest here is a tip for you, when you don't know something go Google it AND THEN make an informed comment. It's kinda cool, think of it as learn as you go and a way of avoiding future facepalm moments.

      Protest - 2011-07-29 08:47

      There is no need to Google every story. This story is not South African news. My comment was a simple question and "Butters" gave an excellent answer. tennilleg, - your comment doesn't deserve a facepalm. You deserve a fast moving closed hand to repetitively impact in your face!

      Francois Bester - 2011-07-29 09:14

      @Protest Well it looks like Butters seemed it necessary to GOOGLE it, since what he posted is a simple copy and paste. And yes, Joao Silva is a South African.

  • Ann - 2011-07-29 10:09

    João Silva is an inspiration for all of us. Let us emulate his courage and will for life. Clearly he does not allow life to get him down. KEEP ON RECOVERING João!!

  • Clio - 2011-07-29 10:16

    Protest - read THE BANG BANG CLUB!! He is an inspiration and uncovered unbelievable things and helped make the world aware of exactly what was going on during a bad time in our history!! THAT is why he is in the South African category...

  • wellington.liu - 2011-07-29 11:20

    have a johnny black!

  • Alida - 2011-07-29 12:30

    @JohnnyWotten and Francois Bester: João Silva IS NOT South African. He is PORTUGUESE and lives in South Africa. In otherwords, he is Luso-South African.

      JohnnyWotten - 2011-07-29 12:33

      I believe he holds South African citizenship. I could be wrong.

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