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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

@jasonflorio/Instagram

'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

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

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

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

A Zipline technician carries one of the company's drones, Uganda - image ©Jason Florio for MIT Technology Review

A Zipline technician carries one of the company’s drones, Rwanda – image ©Jason Florio for MIT Technology Review

 

‘In Rwanda, an early commercial test of unmanned aerial vehicles cuts a medical facility’s time to procure blood from four hours to 15 minutes.’ Reporting by Jonathan W.Rosen  June 8, 2017 / Images (& video footage) © Jason Florio – for MIT Technology Review

 

The drone is monitored as it follows its pre-programmed flight path - image ©Jason Florio for MIT Technology Review

The drone is monitored as it follows its pre-programmed flight path – image ©Jason Florio for MIT Technology Review

 

Read/more images/video footage: MIT Technology Review 
Follow on Instagram @jasonflorio / @floriotravels
Twitter @floriophotoNYC

Press: IRIN News – ‘Gambians seek justice after Jammeh’s fall’ – images © Jason Florio

Mariama Saine, one of the last people arrested before Jammeh fell, The Gambia - portrait © Jason Florio for IRIN News

Mariama Saine, The Gambia – portrait © Jason Florio for IRIN News

Torture victim Mariama Saine, whose mother was a UDP activist, wants to see her abusers punished. She was arrested on the eve of the 1 December election and interrogated at the NIA detention site known as Bulldozer.
“They were beating me while I could hear the election results being announced on a television,” said Saine – read more IRIN News
Ngoi Njie, Gambian activist, tortured under Jammeh's regime, tells her story - image © Jason Florio

Ngoi Njie, Gambian opposition activist, tortured under Jammeh’s regime, tells her story to IRIN News – image © Jason Florio

 

4/14/2017Jason Florio is currently based between Malta, Europe, and West Africa

 

Print Sale – Bond Street Print Shop, NYC – Benefit sale hosted by Janette Beckman & Julie Grahame

Print Sale - Bond Street Print Shop, NYC

Print Sale – Bond Street Print Shop, NYC

 

Benefit print sale – including two framed prints donated by

Jason Florio

Photography prints, starting at $100. 100% of the money raised will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Print sale – Bond Street Print Shop, NYC – hosted by renowned British, NYC-based, photographer, Janette Beckman, and aCurator magazine’s, Julie Grahame.
Date: April 8th, 2017

For more details, please visit: Helen Jones-Florio on-line gallery blog

 

We’re back in The Gambia, West Africa

Photographer Jason Florio at work, The Gambia, West Africa

Photographer Jason Florio at work, The Gambia, West Africa – image ©Helen Jones-Florio

 

Follow on Instagram – @Jason Florio & @floriotravels for regular photo updates from The Gambia,  West Africa

#Everydaymigration – images ©Jason Florio/MOAS.EU

 

 

 

The @EverydayMigration Instagram feed launched by showcasing the work of @JasonFlorio, a British photographer who has been embedded on multiple missions onboard the MOAS.EU (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) search and rescue ship off the coast of Libya since May 2015. Having been based in the Gambia before he began his work with MOAS… read/see more @everydaymigration