Editor’s note: This video contains images that may be disturbing to some viewers.
Joao Silva and a group of photojournalists known as the “Bang Bang Club” gained international notoriety for their work in the townships of Johannesburg in post-apartheid South Africa. In this short film, You Will Be Changed, Silva talks about his career chasing conflicts—watching friends die along the way and risking his own life multiple times. In 2010, he stepped on a landmine in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and lost both of his legs. “You will be changed as a human being through the situations that you decide to pursue and the stories you decide to tell,” he says. “We understand that it could be us on the other side of the camera.”
This is the second episode in a six-part series called Conflict, by the Brooklyn-based cinematic documentary and narrative video production company redfitz. Each episode explores the testimonies of professional conflict photographers and looks at how they engage with and seek to understand their subject matter. Original music was composed by Reza Safinia. Connect with the photographers and watch the complete series from redfitz at thisisconflict.com.