kottke.org posts about Joao Silva

Back in actionJul 28 2011

Photographer Joao Silva lost his legs last October when a land mine exploded under him in Afghanistan. Today, he's back at work with a photo on the front page of the NY Times.

Although Mr. Silva can walk, he still needs a cane, which he holds in his right hand. When he wants to shoot, he must transfer the cane to his left arm so he can pick up the camera. He also conceded that he was frustrated about not yet being able to move as nimbly as he once could. But all in all, he said he was happy with his first day's work.

"It was a matter of making the best of what I had," he said. "There will come a time when I can run, but now I can walk."

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