Photojournalist Joao Silva, who lost both of his legs last October after stepping on a landmine in Afghanistan, took on an appropriate first assignment for The New York Times last week: photographing the closing of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the hospital where he worked to recover from his injuries alongside soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

As detailed in a post on Lens, the Times’ photography blog, Silva was already covering the hospital’s closing ceremony when the assignment came in from national picture editor David Scull and Michele McNally, the Times’ director of photography.

Silva’s image of a crowd observing a parachute demonstration at the closing ceremony ran on page one of the newspaper on Thursday.

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Photographer Joao Silva Wounded in Afghanistan

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