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 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
‘We Never Gave Up: Stories of Courage in Gambia’
I’m truly honoured to have been asked to make this documentary for Amnesty International, with writer/co-producer, Louise Hunt, editor, Tom Thistlethwaite, second camera Helen Jones-Florio, and composer, Jayme Elkins.
The trailer made its premiere screening last night in Banjul – 17th Jan 2017 – Gambia. I wish we could have been there!
Heartfelt thanks to every single person who shared their experiences with us, those who worked with us on the documentary, and Amnesty International for inviting us to make the documentary. The Gambia – a place that has been like a second home for the last 20 years
More news to come soon as to where/when you can watch the full documentary
Co-producer & Director of Photography ‘We Never Gave Up – stories of courage from Gambia‘
Jason Florio films a victim of ex-Gambian president Jammeh’s regime . Image ©Helen Jones-Florio, Gambia 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
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Jason Florio – onboard the MOAS Phoenix rescue boat with rescued migrants/refugees