Joao Silva, April 6, 2011. Silva is recuperating at Walter Reed hospital after a land mine exploded under him in Afghanistan while he was taking photographs for The Times. Image by Michael Kamber for the New York Times
This has been a grievous season for the tight-knit tribe of combat photographers. For The Times, the sorrow began last October, when a land mine exploded under Joao Silva while he was shooting pictures of an American patrol near Kandahar, Afghanistan, destroying both of his legs and shredding his intestinal tract. This spring, three other photographers working for The Times — Jehad Nga, Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario — were among the numerous journalists who disappeared into the custody of Libyan state thugs, where they were beaten and terrorized before we could negotiate their release. The darkness deepened by several hues last month when two admired lensmen — Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros — were killed while embedded with Libya’s hapless rebel militia.
17 South African photographers have their work from the last decade now showing at the V&A, their images directly engaging with the country’s political and photographic past, with each photographer exploring both the metaphoric potential of the medium and the “truths” in the figure that go some way in forming an outsiders reality. These representatives are “local in character and subject matter, but of wider international interest because of their combined intensity”, their work containing an “ambiguity between literal and figurative interpretation.”
The exhibition runs until the 17th July and is at the V&A
“Michio Hoshino, a photographer known for his pictures of bears and other wildlife, was mauled to death by a brown bear on the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Russia. He was in his mid-40?s and lived in Fairbanks, Alaska.”
However the photograph is widely discredited as a fake.