Last month, New York Times-contracted photographer João Silva stepped on a landmine near the southern Afghan town of Arghandab. Silva has spent three weeks in intensive care—he is currently being treated at Walter Reed—and has lost both of his legs below the knee. In an interview with CJR just after the incident, fellow photographer Moises Saman said, “João is a good friend of mine and a colleague. The people in this business are devastated about what happened with João; it’s very unfortunate. It’s part of war, but it’s a very, very sad feeling and we’re all trying to deal with it at the moment.”
A website has been set up to raise money for João and his family. You can go there to donate funds or buy a print—images include those taken in Iraq, Soweto, Lebanon, and elsewhere. You can also see João’s work at his official website, here.
Joel Meares is a former CJR assistant editor.
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