João Silva (photographer)

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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 from prison in 1990, to the country's first multiracial elections in 1994. He has worked in Africa, the Balkans, Central Asia, Russia, and the Middle East.[1]

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João Silva
Silva meeting President Barack Obama at the White House in 2011
Silva at the White House in 2011
Born (1966-08-09) 9 August 1966 (age 57)
Lisbon, Portugal
Years active1989–present
SpouseVivian Silva

In 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.[2] After recovery and receiving two prostheses, his first assignment out of Walter Reed Army Medical Center for The New York Times was at the White House.[3] He now works as staff photographer for The New York Times in Africa.[4]