The CIP photo archive

The CIP photo archive hosts original news photographs of historical value. Our database offers online access to images and other documents entrusted to it by photojournalists worldwide; to our exhibitions; to slideshows and other multimedia documents presented each summer at Visa pour l’Image in Perpignan.

The photographers in the archive

Focus onJoão Silva

© Geoffrey Berliner

Joao Silva found photography in 1989 and began his career at a small-town newspaper in South Africa called the Alberton Record in the following year. In 1991 he was hired by The Star, a daily newspaper in Johannesburg, as a staff photographer before signing up with the Associated Press as a freelance photographer in 1994.

In 1992 he was awarded the Ilford South African Press Photographer of the Year Award and he was selected for the Joop Swart Masterclass in 1995. Joao Silva has been honored in prestigious photographic awards which include the World Press Photo and Over Seas Press Club Awards. Twice he has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize by The New York Times.

Joao began freelancing for The New York Times in 1996 and in 2000, after becoming the Time’s regular photographer in Southern Africa, he was awarded a contract.

In 2000, Joao Silva co-authored with Greg Marinovich the Bang-Bang Club, a factual account of news photographers in South Africa who covered the end of apartheid.

‘In the Company of God’ a photographic book on the Iraqi Shi’a and the aftermath of the US occupation of Iraq, was published 2005.

Joao Silva was severely wounded in October 23, 2010, after stepping on a land mine while on assignment for The New York Times in Afghanistan. He sustained life threatening injuries and both legs amputated as a result of the explosion.

In September 2011 Silva became a staff photographer with The New York Times. After 14 months of treatment at the Walter Reed National Military Medical center Joao Silva returned home to South Africa on December 9, 2011.

After his injury Joao Silva received several notable honors. The French Republic awarded Joao Silva with the Chevalier De L’Ordre Des Arts Et Lettres on April 4, 2011.

In March 15, 2012 Joao Silva received the ‘Order of Liberty’ from the Portuguese Government which “honors individuals who have dedicated their lives to advancing the dignity of humankind and the cause of freedom”.

On May 19, 2012 Joao Silva received a Doctorate in Fine Arts (honorary) from the Corcoran School of Arts and Design in Washington DC, USA.

Joao Silva, a South African citizen, who was born in Lisbon, Portugal, on Aug. 9, 1966, lives in Johannesburg with his family where continues his rehabilitation.