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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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Exhibition – Magnum Photography Awards Winners 2017, The Photographers Gallery, London

David Hurn (Magnum Photos), Jim Casper (LensCulture), Jason Florio - Photojournalism Series Winner - Magnum Photography Awards, 2017 ©Helen Jones-Florio

David Hurn (Magnum Photos), Jim Casper (LensCulture), Jason FlorioPhotojournalism Series WinnerMagnum Photography Awards, 2017 ©Helen Jones-Florio – Exhibition private view at The Photographers Gallery, London 

 

Jason Florio, Magnum Photography Award 2017, Photojournalism Series Winner, with David Hurn (Magnum Photos), Jim and Millie Casper (LensCulture)

Jason Florio, Magnum Photography Award 2017, Photojournalism Series Winner, with David Hurn (Magnum Photos), Jim and Millie Casper (LensCulture) ©Helen Jones-Florio – Exhibition private view at The Photographers Gallery, London 

 

Oct 2017: Jason Florio – currently in West Africa on a documentary assignment. Follow on Instagram for regular updates @jasonflorio / @floriotravels

LensCulture: ‘Destination Europe’ Interview with Jason Florio – Magnum Photography Awards 2017 Photojournalism Winner

A Nigerian migrant pulled from a rubber boat prays onboard the MOAS rescue dingy. © Jason Florio/MOAS

A Nigerian migrant pulled from a rubber boat prays on board the MOAS escue dingy. © Jason Florio/MOAS        

 

LensCulture: I would imagine that meeting your Gambian friend’s son must have been one of the most touching moments for you. How did you react? Did you call his family together?
Jason Florio: On a number of occasions, I met rescued Gambians on the MOAS ship and then quickly realized that we had friends and acquaintances in common back in The Gambia. But I was utterly floored when on two occasions I met young Gambian teenagers whose fathers I knew directly. I had photographed the father of one boy, Abdoulie, for an earlier project seventeen years prior… Read the full interview on the LensCulture site

See more from Florio’s Magnum Photography Awards 2017 Photojournalism Series Winner, ‘Destination Europe‘ at floriophoto.com

An overloaded rubber boat is intercepted in rolling seas by the MOAS rescue team. © Jason Florio/MOAS

An overloaded rubber boat is intercepted in rolling seas by the MOAS rescue team. © Jason Florio/MOAS

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Magnum Photography Awards 2017 – Photojournalism Series Winner: Jason Florio ‘Destination Europe’

For the past two years (2015-16), I was embedded with the first search and rescue NGO, Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), to operate rescue ships. Their specific aim is to save the lives of migrants and refugees attempting to cross the Mediterranean and Aegean seas...’ Jason Florio – Read/see more on the LensCulture site

 

Jason Florio - 'Destination Europe' - one of the top winners of the Magnum Photography Awards 2017

Onboard a fishing boat 30 miles off the coast of Libya, a Bangladeshi man begs to be released from the overcrowded hold of the boat where he was packed with 150 men in slave-ship like conditions. The boat carried 414 migrants and refugees attempting to reach Italy. The migrant boat was intercepted by the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station’s rescue ship, and all the people on board were evacuated. © Jason Florio

 

PHOTOJOURNALISM SERIES WINNER/ MAGNUM PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2017

JASON FLORIO

United Kingdom

‘Destination Europe’

 

Gambian and other West African migrants just rescued from a packed rubber boat off the coast of Libya huddle on the deck of Migrant Offshore Aid Station’s ship. In the background, their rubber boat is set ablaze to prevent smugglers, who were circling during the rescue, from taking the engine and boat back to Libya to use again. © Jason Florio.

Gambian and other West African migrants just rescued from a packed rubber boat off the coast of Libya huddle on the deck of Migrant Offshore Aid Station’s ship. In the background, their rubber boat is set ablaze to prevent smugglers, who were circling during the rescue, from taking the engine and boat back to Libya to use again. © Jason Florio.

 

Check out floriophoto.com for more on Florio’s work with MOAS in the Aegean Sea & the Mediterranean Sea
Instagram @Jasonflorio

Press: ‘Disposable Africans – migration and its consequences’ IRIN News-images ©Jason Florio

 

‘Much ink has been spilt trying to make sense of the migration flow across the Mediterranean, a stretch of sea that has become the frontline of capitalism’s most urgent question: What’s more valuable – a human life, or the fraying concept of the sanctity of state borders?’ IRIN News – ‘Disposable Africans – migration and its consequences’

Jason Florio – ‘Destination Europe’ entries into Magnum Photography Awards 2017

 

For the past two years (2015-16), I was embedded with the first search and rescue NGO, MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) to operate rescue ships, specifically to save the lives of migrants and refugees attempting to cross the Mediterranean and Aegean seas.’  JF

Visit the Lensculture site (or click on the above image to share on FB) to view Jason Florio’s full entry of images.

 

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Jason Florio - onboard the MOAS Phoenix rescue boat

Jason Florio – onboard the MOAS Phoenix rescue boat with rescued migrants/refugees

 

 

 

Heavy weather in the Mediterranean – onboard MOAS search & rescue boat

 

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©Jason Florio, Oct 2016 – Storms over the Mediterranean Sea

 

Jason Florio is currently back at sea, with the MOAS SAR team (search and rescue), onboard the Phoenix , patrolling the waters just off the coast of Libya.

The stormy weather meant that the first couple of days down in the SAR area were quiet but today, as the sea calmed, all that changed and the team has been busy with rescues all morning.

 

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©Jason Florio/MOAS.EU – Migrant rest, post-rescue, onboard the deck of the Phoenix

 

 

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©Jason Florio/MOAS.EU – Zainab and her 6-month old son, Wissam, were rescued from the Mediterranean this morning. Now safely onboard the Phoenix

 

More updates to come. In the meantime, please follow Jason Florio/Instagram and Floriophotonyc/Twitter for regular updates

 

 

 

Images of Humanity – Boat Rescues in the Mediterranean Sea, by Jason Florio

Both MOAS search and rescue boats in the Mediterranean Sea - Phoenix and the Responder © Jason Florio/MOAS.EU

Both MOAS search and rescue boats in the Mediterranean Sea Phoenix and the Responder © Jason Florio/MOAS.EU

 

Eritrean prayer time, post rescue, on board the Phoenix © Jason Florio/MOAS.EU

Eritrean prayer time, post-rescue, on board the Phoenix © Jason Florio/MOAS.EU

 

A couple. post-rescue, safely onboard the Phoenix © Jason Florio/MOAS.EU

A relieved couple. post-rescue, safely onboard the Phoenix © Jason Florio/MOAS.EU

 

Rescued baby - safely on board the Phoenix © Jason Florio/MOAS.EU

Rescued baby – safely on board the Phoenix © Jason Florio/MOAS.EU

 

A young Eritrean boy, post-rescue, on board the Phoenix © Jason Florio/MOAS.EU

A young Eritrean boy, post-rescue, on board the Phoenix © Jason Florio/MOAS.EU

 

352 migrants on Phoenix heading towards Augusta © Jason Florio/MOAS.EU

352 migrants on Phoenix heading towards Augusta © Jason Florio/MOAS.EU

 

352 migrants on Phoenix heading towards Augusta © Jason Florio/MOAS.EU

352 migrants on Phoenix heading towards Augusta © Jason Florio/MOAS.EU

 

NEWS UPDATE: July 5, 2016, 11.30am (CEST) – The Phoenix is currently engaged in the rescues of 10 dinghies in the Mediterranean Sea. For regular updates, please follow @MOAS

Video-Phoenix engaged in the rescues of 10 dinghies in the Mediterranean Sea

Video-Phoenix engaged in the rescues of 10 dinghies in the Mediterranean Sea – click image or here to view footage

Back in the Mediterranean, on 2nd Mission of 2016, with the Phoenix Search & Rescue Team

The MOAS Phoenix SAR boat departing from Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

Heading out: The MOAS Phoenix SAR boat departing from Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio – June 27, 2016

 

Dawn over the Phoenix SAR boat in the Mediterranean Sea © Jason Florio/MOAS.EU

Dawn over the Phoenix SAR boat in the Mediterranean Sea, just off the Libyan coast © Jason Florio/MOAS.EU, June 28, 2016

 

UPDATE:  29, June 2016 (9am GMT) – rescues in progress with both MOAS search and rescue boats: The Phoenix and The Responder, working together. Check out MOAS twitter feed for more rescue news updates.

 

Jason Florio – currently documenting the Mediterranean crisis for MOAS.EU

Photographer, Jason Florio, onboard the Phoenix © Helen Jones-Florio

Photographer, Jason Florio, onboard the Phoenix © Helen Jones-Florio