João Silva to accept honorary degree and speak at Corcoran College of Art + Design commencement 2012

May 3, 2012

João Silva, acclaimed photojournalist, will accept an honorary degree and serve as special speaker at commencement. Silva is a renowned, award-winning, South African photographer who has covered conflicts in Africa, the Balkans, the Middle East and Iraq, in addition to many other countries.

In 1996, Silva became a regular freelancer for The New York Times and in 2000 he became a contract photographer with The New York Times. That same year, Silva co-authored The Bang-Bang Club with Greg Marinovich, a factual account of press photographers who covered the end of the apartheid era in South Africa. In 2005, Silva published In the Company of God, a photographic book on the Iraqi Shi'a during the American occupation and fragile democracy that followed. Silva has won numerous awards, including the World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year International. 

On October 23, 2010, Silva sustained injuries while on duty with the U.S. Army based in southern Afghanistan. Despite immediate help from medics, Silva lost one leg below the knee and the other leg above the knee. After months of rehabilitation on his prosthetic legs, he returned to work in July of the following year. Silva was born in 1966 in Lisbon, Portugal, and currently lives with his family in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The 2012 Commencement Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at DAR Constitution Hall. It will be live streamed beginning at 4:30 p.m.
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