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João Silva

South African photojournalist

1966   -  

country of citizenship: South Africa
occupation: photographer, war photographer, photojournalist, journalist
award received: Grand Officer of the Order of Liberty

João Silva (born 9 August 1966) is a Portuguese-born South African war photographer. He is the last working member of 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. Silva has worked in Africa, the Balkans, Central Asia, Russia, and the Middle East. On 23 October 2010, Silva stepped on a land mine while on patrol with US soldiers in Kandahar, Afghanistan and lost his left leg below the knee, and his right leg from just above it.After recovery and receiving two prostheses Silva's first assignment out of Walter Reed Army Medical Center for The New York Times was at the White House. As of 2017, Silva is working as staff photographer for The New York Times in Africa.
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