It comes as a great shock to hear of Bang Bang Club Photographer, Joao Silva, being injured in Afghanistan. The New York Times reported earlies this morning that:
Joao Silva stepped on a mine while on patrol with U.S. soldiers near the town of Arghandab. He was taken to Kandahar Air Field, the U.S. and NATO base, for treatment for severe leg injuries, the newspaper said.
It was just on Thursday evening that I was talking with two other photo journalists about Joao. I have had the pleasure of meeting him on two or three occasions. Our heart goes out to members of his family and we wish him a speedy recovery.