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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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Lensculture Exposure Awards - winners and finalists 2018

Lensculture – Exposure Awards: Winners, Finalists & Jurors’ Picks

 

A very nice surprise to hear my images from the migration crisis in the Mediterranean is a Jurors’ Pick in the LensCulture ExposureAwards2018– Many thanks to Mazie Harris at the Department of Photographs Getty Museum for selecting my work, and many thanks to Jim and Millie Casper and the LensCulture team – and big congrats to all the all the other photographers! Jason Florio

The work will be exhibited at Somerset House during Photo London May 17-20, 2018

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.

Jurors’ Picks/Lensculture Exposure Awards – Image © 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

 

Jurors’ Picks – Each of the eight jury members selected one photographer to be awarded special distinction…with a brief quote from each juror explaining what they especially appreciate about these photographers and their work.

Mazie Harris – Assistant Curator of the Department of Photographs Getty Museum

‘Amidst ongoing debates over immigration and refugees, I found myself returning repeatedly to Jason Florio’s portfolio. Through thoughtful compositional choices, a careful selection… ‘read more on the Lensculture Exposure Awards – Winners & Finalists page

 

Bangladeshi and Pakistani migrants wait to be evacuated from the fetid hold of a smuggler’s boat off the coast of Libya. © Jason Florio/MOAS. Photojournalism Series Winner, Magnum Photography Awards 2017.

Jurors Picks/Lensculture Exposure Awards – Image © Jason Florio: Bangladeshi and Pakistani migrants wait to be evacuated from the fetid hold of a smuggler’s boat off the coast of Libya. Photojournalism Series Winner, Magnum Photography Awards 2017.

 

Huge congratulations to all the ‘Winners, Finalists and Jurors Picks’, including Eddo Hartmann (Netherlands), Giulio Di Sturco (UK), César Dezfuli (Spain) – check them all out at Lensculture.

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Related Posts on migrant/refugee rescues:

The Guardian: Photojournalism series winner – Destination Europe British photographer Jason Florio’s picture shows Gambian and other West African migrants lying exhausted on the deck of a rescue ship after being saved from a packed rubber boat that was starting to sink off the coast of Libya

The Guardian: Photojournalism series winner – Destination Europe
British photographer Jason Florio’s picture shows Gambian and other West African migrants lying exhausted on the deck of a rescue ship after being saved from a packed rubber boat that was starting to sink off the coast of Libya

Media: The Initium (Hong Kong) – Rescues at sea. Images ©Jason Florio

Men from Bangladesh and Pakistan have been in the cabin of a ship carrying 414 immigrants for about 12 hours. Image ©Jason Florio

Men from Bangladesh and Pakistan have been in the cabin of a ship carrying 414 immigrants for about 12 hours. Image ©Jason Florio – featured in Media: The Initium (Hong Kong).

 

When the disaster comes, human nature and wonderful photos, which one would you choose?

For the photographer Jason Florio, the choice is obvious.

“You can accomplish yourself or save countless lives in a single thought …I’m not just a journalist or photographer on board. I have no personal judgment in an emergency.”

 

Migrants and refugees waiting to be rescued, Mediterranean Sea ©Jason Florio

Migrants and refugees waiting to be rescued, Mediterranean Sea ©Jason Florio – featured in The Initium (Hong Kong)

 

“(I will) Always remember that picture, sunny to a cloudless sky, blue to the calm sea, a central rubber boat, 480 people on board silent, showing the whole piece perfect silence. To me, all very strange, from a photographic point of view…” Read more/see more at The Initium  – interview with Jason Florio by Chen Ying (Alicia Chen)

 

View Florio’s Magnum Photography Awards 2017 – Photojournalism ‘Destination Europe’  + more images from rescues in the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean on his website
Follow on Instagram @jasonflorio

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

Exhibition News: Magnum Photography Awards 2017 / LensCulture – The Photographers Gallery, London

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

Jason Florio – ‘Destination Europe’ – Photojournalism Series winner of the Magnum Photography Awards 2017

Exhibition:  The Media Wall, The Photographers, Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, W1F 7LW

9th – 18th October 2017

 

Magnum Photography Awards 2017 / LensCulture Winners

Photojournalism Series award-winning image © Jason Florio/MOAS –  ‘Destination Europe‘ 

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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Working with NGO’s – images ©Jason Florio

Female farmer preparing boxes of tomatoes to sell, Ghana - image © Jason Florio for NGO, United Purpose (Concern Universal)

Tomato farmer, Ghana – image © Jason Florio for NGO, United Purpose (Concern Universal)

 

Bangladeshi and Pakistani migrants wait to be evacuated from the fetid hold of a smuggler’s boat off the coast of Libya. © Jason Florio/MOAS. Photojournalism Series Winner, Magnum Photography Awards 2017.

Bangladeshi and Pakistani migrants wait to be evacuated from the fetid hold of a smuggler’s boat off the coast of Libya. © Jason Florio/MOAS, NGO. Photojournalism Series Winner, Magnum Photography Awards 2017.

 

Food Security - farmer holds peanut plant - seed trials in Senegal to help increase peanut size and yield. Image ©Jason Florio for NGO, United Purpose

Food Security – seed trials in Senegal to help increase peanut size and yield. Image ©Jason Florio for NGO, United Purpose

 

The Guardian: Photojournalism series winner – Destination Europe British photographer Jason Florio’s picture shows Gambian and other West African migrants lying exhausted on the deck of a rescue ship after being saved from a packed rubber boat that was starting to sink off the coast of Libya

The Guardian: Photojournalism series winner – ‘Destination Europe‘ – British photographer Jason Florio’s picture shows Gambian and other West African migrants lying exhausted on the deck of a rescue ship after being saved from a packed rubber boat that was starting to sink off the coast of Libya

 

See more of Florio’s work with NGO’s on his website: floriophoto.com

Follow on Instagram: jasonflorio

UNICEF - Women & children who fled Al Shabaab Islamists, wait in line at feeding centre, Mogadishu, Somalia © Jason Florio

UNICEF – Women & children, who fled Al Shabaab Islamists, wait in line at feeding centre, Mogadishu, Somalia © Jason Florio

VQR 2016 Prize for Photography – Jason Florio ‘Out of the Sea’

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VQR Feature: Migrants and refugees rescued in the Mediterranean Sea by MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) – image ©Jason Florio/MOAS

I feel highly thankful to receive this year’s VQR 2016 Prize For Photography 
for my  essay ‘Out of the Sea’ on the migration crisis in the Mediterranean.
VQR has been a home for my work for a number of years
and I would like to thank the VQR team for continuing to champion my work and honoring me with this award” Jason Florio
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Portraits of rescued refugees and migrants from Syria and Nigeria, on board the Phoenix rescue boat © Jason Florio

 

Big congratulations to the other VQR 2016 winners

Read the entire ‘Out of the Sea‘ feature and view the series of portraits on the Virginia Quarterly Review site. All images © Jason Florio/MOAS.EU

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Cover shot ©Jason Florio/VQR Winter 2016

Red moon on the Mediterranean Sea

 

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Image © Jason Florio, November 2016 – view of the MOAS Responder search and rescue boat (taken from onboard the Phoenix SAR boat) and the moon, in the Mediterranean Sea

 

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