Photojournalist João Silva, who lost both of his legs to a land mine while on patrol with American soldiers in Afghanistan last October, recently spoke about his injury, the state of photojournalism, and what he considers to be his role as a “historian with a camera.” Here is the full transcript of his speech, which is as powerful as it is humbly stated. Silva simply says, “It happened. My time came, I guess,” and is already looking toward the future.
Those interested in purchasing one of Silva’s powerful prints in order to support him can do so here. According to the site, “Should João not need the funds raised through your generosity, he will donate to causes of his choice.”
(via Gizmodo, New York Times, Support João)
Native American Experience
Debbi K. Swanson Patrick
Time to showcase some stellar work. I’m taking a page from the great NY Times blog on photojournalism, Lens, to bring to your attention Aaron Huey. His work on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota, site of the Wounded Knee massacre, documents the results of destruction of a culture.
Viewing these riveting photos of the Lakota that Huey has taken over the past five years will elicit any number of responses. Huey, 33, was stunned himself to see the poverty that overwhelmed him. He sent himself on assignment to document poverty in America, and couldn’t stop documenting this culture. Huey drives home the tragedy of seeing what was a mighty and proud nation reduced to trash heaps and desperation.
Huey is not one to choose the easy way. In 2002, he walked across the U.S. with his dog Cosmo and recently won an award from National Geographic Expedition Council Grant to walk across Siberia. He’s racking up a long list of awards while shooting for National Geographic, Smithsonian, the New York Times and several other high quality publications.
Always on the move, Aaron was heading to NYC when I caught up with him, so comments to come. Check out his work at Lens, and his website.
photo © Robert Caplin, via The New York Times
The New York Times‘ Matt Gross recently featured a Q&A with travel photographer Robert Caplin in his “Frugal Traveler” column. Caplin’s images have been published in National Geographic, ESPN The Magazine and The New York Times, and in the discussion with The Frugal Traveler, he talks about shooting with a Canon 5D Mark II as well as an iPhone, and names the Canon G11 as his go-to point-and-shoot if he had to spend under $500 for a camera.
One of my favorite exchanges is below. Click here to read the full Frugal Traveler/Robert Caplin Q&A.