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A photographer’s take: in conversation with a humanitarian storyteller – Jason Florio

Photographer, Jason Florio, in an interview with NGO, United Purpose. Jason has a long history of working with NGO’s, particularly UP (formally, Concern Universal). Florio talks with them about this work, other photography assignments, and what drives his passion for photography…

 

“The power of photography can never be underestimated. An image’s ability to deeply affect people, and inspire them to take action for positive change, are some of the many driving factors that help keep me going… ” Read more: Jason Florio

 

Unaccompanied Eritrean minor, Henock, onboard rescue ship, leads refugees in song of thanks. ©Jason Florio

Unaccompanied Eritrean minor, Henock, onboard rescue ship, leads refugees in a song of thanks. ©Jason Florio

 

UP: Do you have a favourite photograph?

“It’s a bit like asking someone trying to choose their favourite child (and feeling pangs of guilt!). But I love this image of Henok (pictured above), a 14-year-old boy from Eritrea who was rescued in the Mediterranean. During the voyage on the NGO rescue ship, he led other Eritrean refugees in songs of thanks for being saved.” READ MORE ON THE UNITED PURPOSE BLOG

 

 

Photographer, Jason Florio, The Gambia, West Africa - image credit Lamin Ndong

Photographer, Jason Florio, The Gambia, West Africa – image credit Lamin Ndong

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‘An Inconvenient Truth’ Al Gore book – image © Jason Florio

‘An Inconvenient Truth’ Al Gore – Farmer, Poco Boch, Mexico – image © Jason Florio

‘An Inconvenient Truth’ Al Gore book – Farmer, Poco Boch, Mexico – image © Jason Florio

Photography Presentation: ‘River Gambia Source-to-Sea’ Jason Florio’s African odyssey. Avantech, Malta

Horses swimming across River Gambia © Jason Florio

Horses swimming across River Gambia © Jason Florio

 

 

‘River Gambia Source-to-Sea’

 Jason Florio’s African Odyssey

Event: held by Avantech/Canon Malta

Date: September 5th, 2017

Time: 7.3opm-9.30pm*

Venue: Avantech, Avantech Building, Saint Julians Road, San Gwann, Malta – view map

Our lecturer for the evening will be Jason Florio, a freelance documentary photographer with a focus on under reported stories about people living on the margins of society and in places of conflict. His work has been recognized with a number of international awards including most recently, the Magnum Photography Award for photojournalism. He is a proud Fellow of The Royal Geographical SocietyMore details here

 

West African men punt a raft carrying a water pump to irrigate banana plantations, River Gambia, Senegal © Jason Florio

A group of West African men punt a raft carrying a water pump to irrigate banana plantations, River Gambia, Senegal © Jason Florio

 

Helen Jones-Florio/Jason Florio - River Gambia, Mandinaring Balong - photo by Ebou Jarju

Helen Jones-Florio/Jason FlorioRiver Gambia Expedition, Mandinaring Balong – photo by Ebou Jarju

Jason Florio will be talking us through how he and his wife,  Helen Jones-Florio, made the first recorded circumnavigation of The Gambia, West Africa, by foot with two donkeys – a 930km expedition, to create a modern day photographic account of daily life in the country. Two years later they returned to West Africa and co-led the first recorded expedition of the River Gambia along its 1130km hippo infested course. More details here

*Registration is required. The course will be open to the first 30 people to register.

 

Jason Florio, Ebou Jarju, and Abdou Ndong, preparing two canoes to set sail, Bonto Pier, River Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio

Jason Florio, Ebou Jarju, and Abdou Ndong, Bonto Pier, River Gambia Expedition © Helen Jones-Florio

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'Silafando' portraits of village chiefs and elders, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

‘Silafando’ award-winning portraits of village chiefs and elders, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio – taken whilst on a 930km walk

 

The expedition team at dawn - leaving Khalaji, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

Dawn – leaving Khalaji, The Gambia, West Africa – A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – 930km African Odyssey © Jason Florio

Book Cover: ‘Born to Run’. Image © Jason Florio – Tarahumara long distance runner, Mexico

Book Cover - 'Born to Run'. Image © Jason Florio - Tarahumara long distance runner, Sierra Madre, Mexico

Book Cover – ‘Born to Run‘. Tarahumara long-distance runner, Sierra Madre Mountains, Mexico. Image © Jason Florio 

 

See more of Jason Florio’s ‘Blackout Portraits’ of the Tarahumara Indians here: ‘Born to Run’ 

Tarahumara Indians, Cooper Canyon, Sierra Madre, Mexico. Image ©Jason Florio

Tarahumara Indians, Cooper Canyon, Sierra Madre, Mexico. Image ©Jason Florio

The Blackout Portraits ©Jason Florio

Karen National Liberation Army freedom fighters, Burma © Jason Florio

Karen National Liberation Army freedom fighters, Burma © Jason Florio

Portraits of two Tarahuma women, Mexico © Jason Florio

Portraits of the Tarahumara, Mexico © Jason Florio

Makasutu Portraits, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

Makasutu Portraits, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

AMISOM Female Soldier, Somalia © Jason Florio

AMISOM Female Soldier, Somalia © Jason Florio

'Silafando' portraits of village chiefs and elders, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

‘Silafando’ portraits of village chiefs and elders, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

See more of Florio’s Blackout portrait collections on his website floriophoto.com

Instagram: World at a Glance – Jason Florio photography

 

Instagram - World at a Glance © Jason Florio

Instagram – World at a Glance © Jason Florio 

 

Also, Floriotravels on Instagram: teamwork – all images © Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio

Mr Ceesay Welcomes – urban street life, Serekunda, The Gambia, West Africa

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Mr Ceesay Welcomes – man standing by the roadside, Serekunda, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio, February 2016

Happy All Hallows’ Eve

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Image © Jason Florio – Traditional Masquerades, West Africa – see more here

Scene from the car: street kids, Bangladesh

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Street kids – stuck in traffic, Bangladesh © Jason Florio, 2015

Scene from the Car: On route from Chittagong to the fishing port of Cox’s Bazar, stuck in major traffic – as in, we aren’t getting anywhere fast. JF, Oct 26, 2015

 

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