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The Sciences

Journalism's Finest

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorOctober 25, 2010 9:33 PM


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Talk about someone being tough as nails. Over the weekend, photojournalist Joao Silva stepped on a mine in Afghanistan and was severely injured. He was on assignment for the New York Times. He and NYT reporter Carlotta Gall (who was unhurt) were embedded with a U.S. patrol. Army medics got to Silva within seconds and apparently were able to stabilize his wounds, before getting him onto a helicopter and transported to a military hospital. Here's the incredible part of the story:

"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.

As Andrew Exum writes here, Silva's devotion to photojournalism can't be measured in pictures alone.

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