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.