Mine victim photographer ‘continued shooting pics’

October 25, 2010

Photographer Joao Silva ? a member of the famous Bang-Bang Club which documented township violence in South Africa during the 1990s ? has been badly injured by a mine in Afghanistan.

Silva suffered serious injuries to both legs along with other wounds after stepping on a mine, reported the New York Times for which the photographer was working at the time.

?Those of you who know Joao will not be surprised to learn that throughout this ordeal he continued to shoot pictures,? said NYT executive editor Bill Keller.

The award-winning photographer was treated at a military hospital in Kandahar Province.

He is reported to have lost part of his lower legs.

Joao Silva was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1966 and started taking pictures in 1989.

His first job as a photographer was with the Alberton Record, a local newspaper in South Africa.

He then moved to Johannesburg-based newspaper, The Star, before joining Associated Press in 1994.

Silva has worked as a contract photographer for the New York Times for the past ten years.

The Bang-Bang Club book – which he produced with fellow photographer Greg Marinovich – covered the atrocities in South Africa during the last days of apartheid.