Instagram Takeover: Smithsonian Magazine- Rhino Relocation. Images ©Jason Florio

 

Rhinos are darted before being transported (Rhino relocation) South Africa - image ©Jason Florio / Smithsonian Magazine, June 2018 edition

‘Movable Beast’ – Rhinos are darted before being transported – image ©Jason Florio / Smithsonian Magazine, 2018

Instagram Takeover – Jason Florio

Starting Saturday 16-Friday 22 June 2018, I’ve been invited by Smithsonian Magazine to take over their Instagram page for a week (huge thanks, Smithsonian!)

I was commissioned by Smithsonian (via my NYC agent, Redux Pictures). for an assignment in South Africa – ‘Movable Beast‘ – a story about the largest rhino relocation, by road, in history from South Africa to Botswana, working with the writer, Todd Pitock.

'Movable Beast' Smithsonian Magazine, June 2018 image © Jason Florio

‘Movable Beast’ Smithsonian Magazine, June 2018 – image © Jason Florio

So often with magazine assignments, a limited number of images, out of hundreds shot, that make it to the pages of the magazine. Therefore, this Instagram takeover is a great opportunity to share some of my favourites, exclusively, over the next week, that did not make it to the printed page.

I do hope that you can stop by – starting from tomorrow, Saturday 16th June – and check out my images @smithsonianmagazaine

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Photographer, Jason Florio - image courtesy of Helen Jones-Florio

Jason Florio – image courtesy of Helen Jones-Florio

On location, Khayelitsha Township, Cape Town

Zane Dedlow and Jason Florio filming in Khayelitsha Township, Cape Town

Zane Dedlow and Jason Florio filming in Khayelitsha Township, Cape Town, June 2018

Jason Florio, on assignment in South Africa, with fellow cameraman, Zane Dedlow, in the  Harare section of Khayelitsha Township, Cape Town. The largest township in South Africa, by square kilometers, with a population of 2.4 million.

Next stop, Zimbabwe…

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Roger Ballen, The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town – images ©Jason Florio

Image © Jason Florio - Roger Ballen  at The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town

Image © Jason Florio – Roger Ballen at The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town

 

“I took an hour out of our scouting day, whilst on my current documentary assignment, to pop into The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town and stepped into Roger Ballen’s brain ….” Jason Florio

 

Image © Jason Florio - Roger Ballen  at The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town

Image © Jason Florio – Roger Ballen at The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town

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Transgender in Guyana, South America

Portrait of a transgender women in Guyana, South America © Jason Florio

Transgender in Guyana, South America © Jason Florio

 

On assignment for International HIV Aids Alliance in Guyana last week – a fascinating dive into the world of transgender,  in South America. Next stop, South Africa… JF

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American Photography 34 Slideshow – image ©Jason Florio ‘Destination Europe’

American Photography 34 Winners - image ©Jason Florio - 'Destination Europe' shell-shocked West African migrants on board rescue boat, Mediterranean Sea, as their smugglers' dinghy is set on fire in the background

American Photography 34 Winners – image ©Jason Florio – ‘Destination Europe’

 

American Photography 34 Slideshow – image ©Jason Florio – ‘Destination Europe‘.

Shell-shocked West African migrants on board the rescue boat, in the Mediterranean Sea, as their rubber dinghy is set on fire in the background, to prevent the smugglers (who followed them) reusing it.  

Congratulations to all the photographers who were eventually chosen.

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Smithsonian Magazine, June 2018 Edition – Rhino Relocation. Images ©Jason Florio

'Movable Beast' Smithsonian Magazine, June 2018

‘Movable Beast’ Smithsonian Magazine, June 2018 -rhino image ©Jason Florio (photo credit: Helen Jones-Florio)

A poaching team – the several men who actually do the grisly job may receive as much as $10,000 per horn‘ ‘Movable Beast

Words by Todd Pitock / Images ©Jason Florio for Smithsonian Magazine, June 2018. Now available, online, to view

‘I couldn’t keep putting my people at risk,” he said. “I couldn’t go to their families next time and tell them it wasn’t the poachers but one of our guys who got shot.’

'Movable Beast' Smithsonian Magazine, June 2018 image © Jason Florio

‘Movable Beast’ Smithsonian Magazine, June 2018 – image © Jason Florio

‘The thieves were hunting mostly in Kruger National Park and the areas around South Africa’s eastern border with Mozambique. But as anti-poaching measures there improved and the price of rhino horn kept soaring, to tens of thousands of dollars a kilogram, the poachers began expanding into new territory.

They first hit Van Niekerk’s place, deep in the interior, in January 2017, came again the next month, and a third time that April. They killed six rhinos...’ read more online/Smithsonian Magazine

 

Press: Lalibela, Ethiopia – images ©Jason Florio

Othodox Christians at Lalibella, Ethiopia © Jason Florio

Othordox Christians at Lalibela, Ethiopia © Jason Florio

 

By Danielle Pergament / Bonobos
Photos by Jason Florio

‘The drive in is a killer. The roads are vertical and, while technically, they’re paved, if you think of them like dirt roads you’ll be less surprised by the bumps and holes. If you drive at night, like I did, you’re an idiot…‘  Lalibela, a Far Off Place Well Worth a Long Journey

Ethiopian Highlands - men and horses on their way to a wedding © Jason Florio

Ethiopian Highlands – men and horses on their way to a wedding © Jason Florio

Jason Florio – currently filming in The Gambia, West Africa

Jason Florio - making documentaries in The Gambia, West Africa

Jason Florio – making documentaries in The Gambia, West Africa – image ©Helen Jones-Florio .

Back in our second home, The Gambia, filming another documentary project.

 a peaceful march to commemorate those who were brutalized by the former regime of Yahya Jammeh ©Jason Florio

a peaceful march to commemorate those who were brutalized by the former regime of Yahya Jammeh ©Jason Florio.

We are continuing on from our work last year, working with victims of the Jammeh regime…

©Jason Florio - working with victims of the Jammeh regime

©Jason Florio – working with victims of the Jammeh regime

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Mr Njie during a vigil for victims of the Jammeh regime holding a picture of his nephew Nyass who was killed during an attempted coup in 2014 ©Jason Florio

Mr Njie during a vigil for victims of the Jammeh regime holding a picture of his nephew Nyass who was killed during an attempted coup in 2014 ©Jason Florio

All images © Jason Florio, 2018 – all rights reserved

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People watching, Valletta, Malta © Jason Florio

Pulizija, Valletta, Malta ©Jason Florio

Pulizija, Valletta, Malta ©Jason Florio

Armed Forces of Malta Parade, Valletta, Malta ©Jason FlorioArmed Forces of Malta Parade, Valletta, Malta ©Jason Florio

Armed Forces of Malta Parade, Valletta, Malta ©Jason Florio

Armed Forces of Malta Parade, Valletta, Malta ©Jason Florio

Armed Forces of Malta Parade, Valletta, Malta ©Jason Florio

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Police escort for the President of Albania, Ilir Meta, Valletta, Malta © Jason Florio

Police escort for the President of Albania, Ilir Meta, Valletta, Malta © Jason Florio

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Pigeons in flight, men walking, Valletta, Malta © Jason Florio

Pigeons in flight, men walking, Valletta, Malta © Jason Florio