Gambia

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
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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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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

Press: Meet the Gambian migrants under pressure to leave Europe – IRIN News

Migrants rejected for asylum but unable to return home often end up homeless and dependent on charities - Image © Jason Florio/IRIN News

Migrants rejected for asylum but unable to return home often end up homeless and dependent on charities – Image © Jason Florio/IRIN News

Prisoners of Hope - Interview footage by Jason Florio / IRIN News

Interview footage by Jason Florio / IRIN News with Louise Hunt – Gambian migrant talks about his time in Sicilian camps

 

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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’

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

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.

 

Related posts here

 

Jason Florio - onboard the MOAS Phoenix rescue boat

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

 

 

 

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