João Silva – Marsh Arab

Marsh Arab - 2004

A marsh Arab poles his canoe through Kirmashiya Marsh in southern Iraq, February 18, 2004.

João Silva (b. 1966, Portugal) - a South African photographer now on contract with The New York Times - made his name while covering the violent birth pangs of a democratic South Africa. He was a member of the so-called Bang-Bang Club, a group of photographers who documented the Hostel War during the last days of Apartheid. Since he has covered the major conflicts of our time and won numerous awards.

João stepped on a mine while accompanying American soldiers patrolling an area near the town of Arghandab in southern Afghanistan on October 23rd, 2010. Despite immediate help from medics, both his legs were lost below the knees.

He stumbled upon his career when he accompanied a friend on a photo shoot in the 1980s and was instantly hooked. A contract photographer for The Times since 2000, he is also an avid motorcyclist, a husband to Viv and a father to two young children, Isabel and Gabriel.

  • With Greg Marinovich: The Bang-Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War, Basic Books; First Trade Paper Edition, 2001.
  • In the Company of God, STE Publishers, 2005.

Personal connection to Anton: close friend


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