Joao Silva and Greg Marinovich on the Inner Life of War Photographers

The New York Times has posted a long excellent interview with Joao Silva and Greg Marinovich on the Inner Life of War Photographers. It's a highly recommended read.

An excerpt:

Keller: "This is a question that I know you guys wrestled with a lot for the book, and it’s still something that puzzles people, which is: why do people do this?"

Marinovich: "It puzzles my wife."

Silva: "The reason why I continue doing this and writing the book — my focus has always been to be on the edge of history. I’ve always wanted to show the reality of war to those who are fortunate enough not to live in a war zone. That’s pretty much my standard answer. I think if you go deep down, it’s a lot more complex than that. That’s just how we rationalize this. But, certainly, being on the edge of history is real, you know? Those few moments of adrenaline, which are very short; those few bursts of activity. I think it’s complex. It’s not just one single answer as to why we do this kind of stuff.

We do it because it’s there, we do it because we can, and because there is a need for the world to know. And we can go out there and do it."

Frank Rautenbach in LA

Check out actor Frank Rautenbach at the Tribeca Film Festival LA Party.

The New Normal

Jennifer Griffen, a friend of Joao Silva, reports on visit to him at Walter Reed.

She writes, "On either side of him in Ward 32 were soldiers who had lost limbs in Afghanistan, poster children for the signature wound of these post- 9/11 land wars. Joao doesn't think of himself as a "Wounded Warrior" and he won't let you compare him to one. He says those 18 year old boys have their whole life ahead of them and they don't know if anyone is going to love them. He had a life. He has a wife and kids and he will get back on his prosthetic legs and probably win another Pulitzer."

Joao Silva Walks

The Times of South Africa reports that Joao Silva took his first steps with artificial limbs this week. In a conversation with Robin Comley (his editor who is portrayed in the film) Comley learned Joao had"pushed himself to the limit and now had blood blisters on his wounds so the doctors had taken his prosthetics away again". The NY Times Lens Blog included video of Joao practicing Walking on the new legs.

James Nachtwey at TED

James Nachtway covered South Africa and was friendly with the photographers featured in the film. In 2007 he won the TED prize and speaks eloquently about the power of photojournalism.

"Our political and military leaders were telling us one thing and photographers were telling us another." - James Nachtwey

indieWire reports on The Bang Bang Club's US Release

"Steven Silver’s “The Bang Bang Club,” starring Ryan Philippe, Malin Akerman and Taylor Kitsch, is getting a U.S. theatrical release through Tribeca Films in the second quarter of 2011. The film will also be available via alternate platforms such VOD as part of Tribeca’s distribution strategy."

Read the full article here: indieWire

Joao Silva Gravely Injured

Joao Silva, co-author of the The Bang Bang club, was gravely injured while on assignment in Afghanistan. The New York Times reported that he stepped on a mine while on patrol in Southern Afghanistan.

"Those of you who know Joao will not be surprised to learn that throughout this ordeal he continued to shoot pictures,” said Bill Keller, the executive editor of The Times, in a memorandum to the staff. “Joao suffered serious injuries to both of his legs, along with other wounds, but he is extraordinarily strong and indomitable of spirit.”

Greg Marinovich at Rooke Gallery

In 2009 several of the photographers featured in the Bang Bang Club gathered for a show of their work.