“When you're with him, you feel like he'd stand in front of a charging elephant for you.”
David Guttenfelder, AP
“You're a legend - a gentle soul with a fierce eye and deft touch, capable of finding the heart in any and every horrific situation.”
Patrick Witty, Time mag
“He is the only one with who you can walk in a street, where everything can happen, and to make you laughing. Big and pure soul.”
Franco Pagetti, VII
“João is the most courageous, selfless, and commited photographer I've ever come across. I am one of literally thousands of people he's touched.”
“João set the standard that we try to follow. João, brother, be strong and get well soon, we're all with you and your family.”
Leave João a message
But first João has a message for you:
"Greetings. Just a short thank you note to everyone for all your well wishes and messages of hope and support over this period. I am now out of ICU, and hopefully no more surgery, but the road to recovery is a long one and it will be several months before I am home with my family. Again, thank you for your messages of support and concern." - João
"I have followed your situation ever since you found yourself faced with such a terrible moment in your life. As you have always shown great spirit in the more difficult circumstances, I feel certain that the courage that has won you so many admirers will accompany you in this stage when such a strong determination is demanded in your fight against adversity.
I thus wish you a fast recovery, for the happiness of your family and of all those who look up to you with great respect for your
With my best regards.
Aníbal Cavaco Silva, President of the Portuguese Republic"
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