Joao Silva, the New York Times photojournalist who lost his legs to a landmine nine months ago in Afghanistan, made a triumphant return to the Gray Lady's pages with an A1 photo heralded by his colleagues.
Silva, a contract photographer, was on assignment last Oct. 23 with Times reporter Carlotta Gall, shadowing American troops on patrol near a small Afghan village, when he stepped on the mine.
At the time, Times executive editor Bill Keller told the newsroom: "He will be missed until--as I have no doubt he will--he returns to action, cameras blazing."
That moment came Wednesday, when Silva documented the closing ceremony for Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he has been a patient since he returned the United States to recuperate last year. One of his photos ran alongside a front-page story about the event written by Times reporter Sabrina Tavernise.
As the Times' Lens blog reports: "He was smiling. He was walking on his prosthetic legs. And he was taking pictures." You can view the front-page photo, in which "soldiers and guests watched a parachute demonstration," according to the accompanying caption, below:Read More »from As journalist who lost legs in Afghanistan gets back to work, another killed amid Taliban attacks