The Gambia – Photographer/filmmaker, Jason Florio, making #Portraits4PositiveChange

Portraits for Positive Change Gambia Jason Florio – Florio with victim of Jammeh. Yusupha Mbye image © Helen Jones-Florio

Jason Florio with Yusupha Mbye – making #Portraits4PositiveChange, the Gambia – image © Helen Jones-Florio

‘Gambia – Victims, and Resisters of a Regime’
#Portraits4PositiveChange

Portraits for Positive Change Gambia Jason Florio – on location, in The Gambia: Yesterday Florio photographed Yusepha, who was shot in the back by the Yahya Jammeh regime’s security forces, during a peaceful student protest in April 2000. He is paralyzed from the neck down. He was just 18 years old.

‘The APRIL 2000 GAMBIAN STUDENT MASSACRE was the killing of 14 people (and one accidental death) by Gambian police officers and soldiers on the 10 April 2000 at a student protest in Banjul, the Gambia.’

Please check out our GoFundMe page for more info on this project, or to donate/share.

Portraits for Positive Change Gambia Jason Florio : Jugana Susso, was arrested and detained during a peaceful demonstration by President Jammeh’s feared security services ©Jason Florio

Jugana Susso was arrested and detained during a peaceful demonstration by President Jammeh’s feared security services ©Jason Florio.

In a global political climate where authoritarian rule is on the rise – where autocratic leaders crush dissent, and opposition, with brutality and little or no regard for human rights – it is essential to keep telling the stories of those who suffered, and those who bravely resisted – who were often one and the same.

Your support – #Portraits4PositiveChange – will enable us to continue our work, to create an extensive body of portraits of the victims and resisters of the 22-year brutal dictatorship of the Yahya Jammeh’s regime, as a tool for positive change and advocacy… please read on to find out why this is so important… read more.

Mr Manneh holding a photo of his son, Chief Ebrima Manneh, a journalist, meeting President Jammeh,  who was murdered by his men. Image ©Jason Florio

Mr. Manneh holding a photo of his son, Chief Ebrima Manneh, a journalist, meeting President Yahya Jammeh, who was later murdered by Jammeh’s henchmen. Image ©Jason Florio

See more from this ongoing series of portraits at floriophoto.com.

 

 Dec 2018 – Jan 2019, I’ll be in The Gambia

To carry on ‘Gambia – Victims, and Resisters of a Regime

#Portraits4PositiveChange.

Please check out my GoFundMe page.

Available for assignments – Contact here

@jasonflorio / @floriotravels – Instagram

Jason Florio – Vimeo

floriophotoNYC – Twitter

Jason Florio/Photojournalist – FB

Gambia, we are back to make #Portraits4PositiveChange

Gambia, we are back - through the taxi windscreen image ©Jason Florio

Gambia, we are back – image ©Jason Florio

Gambia we are back, thanks to everyone’s support for our GoFundMe campaign, in getting us this far. We are now putting together a list of subjects, for the portraits, with the help of the Gambia Centre for Victims of Human Rights Violations.

We have reached well over half of our goal amount on our GoFundMe page so we will keep it running. Please check it out and share:

‘Gambia – Victims, and Resisters of a Regime‘ 

#Portraits4PositiveChange

Gambia, we are back - image ©Jason Florio

Gambia, we are back – image ©Jason Florio

 

We’ll also be updating regularly on my Instagram, and our other social media platforms:

@floriotravels – Instagram

Jason Florio – Vimeo

floriophotoNYC – Twitter

Jason Florio/Photojournalist – FB

Magnum Photos + BJP Photography Workshop, London

Magnum Photos + BJP Photography workshop, London ©Jason Florio

Magnum Photos + BJP Photography workshop, London ©Jason Florio

Magnum Photos + BJP Photography Workshop, London – An inspiring weekend’s workshop: ‘NGOs Social Practice and Advocacy – Learn how to use storytelling for social change

Great brainstorming with esteemed editors, and colleagues, for my in-progress portrait project – ‘Gambia –Victims, and Resisters of a Regime‘ #Portraits4PositiveChange

Many thanks to Magnum Photos and LensCulture for the opportunity.

Jason Florio 

Magnum Photos + BJP Photography Workshop

Magnum Photos + BJP Photography workshop, London ©Jason Florio

Magnum Photos + BJP Photography workshop, London ©Jason Florio 

 

 Heading back to West Africa

November 30th, 2018

To carry on ‘Gambia – Victims, and Resisters of a Regime

#Portraits4PositiveChange.

Please check out my GoFundMe page.

Available for assignments – Contact here

@jasonflorio / @floriotravels – Instagram

Jason Florio – Vimeo

floriophotoNYC – Twitter

Jason Florio/Photojournalist – FB

Cast your vote for ‘A Blossom Pink World’, Guyana, in UK Charity Film Awards

A film by Jason Florio & Zane Dedlow for The International HIV/AIDS Alliance

Please cast your vote ‘A Blossom Pink World’, Guyana, in UK Charity Film Awards here.

The International HIV/AIDS Alliance has entered the UK Charity Film awards with a powerful film: ‘A Blossom Pink World’. The film highlights efforts to challenge laws in Guyana that criminalize transgender people and limit their access to effective HIV services.

 

Vote ‘A Blossom Pink World’, film, Guyana - Lorraine receives support from Guyana Trans United on legal and health issues © Jason Florio for the Alliance, Guyana transgender

Lorraine receives support from Guyana Trans United on legal and health issues © Jason Florio for the Alliance.

Update: Since shooting the film in Guyana

Guyana transgender law victory paves way for greater reform

A cross-dressing law used to criminalize transgender people in Guyana has been overturned by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in a judgment that could pave the way for local campaigners to challenge other discriminatory laws… read more on the Alliance website.

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 Heading back to West Africa,

late November 2018

To carry on ‘Gambia – Victims, and Resisters of a Regime‘ #Portraits4PositiveChange. Please check out my GoFundMe page.

Available for assignments

@jasonflorio / @floriotravels – Instagram

Jason Florio – Vimeo

floriophotoNYC – Twitter

Jason Florio/Photojournalist – FB