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Jason Florio, award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker, originally from London, based from NYC for 18 years before relocating to The Gambia, West Africa, in 2013. He has produced images and documentaries for clients including The New York Times, Smithsonian, The New Yorker, Men’s, Journal, Outside, Bloomberg, Geographical, MIT Technology Review, PepsiCo, Amnesty International and the World Bank. He is a contributing editor for the Virginia Quarterly Review.

CCIJ: 'The Gambia's Water Paradox' - a young Gambian girl washes her face at an outdoor borehole - images ©Jason Florio

CCIJ – Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism – ’The Gambia’s Water Paradox’

CCIJ Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism – ’The Gambia’s Water Paradox’ . How a country with plentiful water resources is failing to provide safe water to its people.

More than 45.3% of The Gambia’s population is relying on contaminated water sources. CCIJ

CCIJ: 'The Gambia's Water Paradox' - a young Gambian girl fills her bucket with water at an outdoor borehole as other women stand in line to fill their containers- images ©Jason Florio
CCIJ: ‘The Gambia’s Water Paradox’ Images ©Jason Florio

’The Gambia’s Water Paradox’ 

Many studies have reported a range of health problems due to increased salinity exposure through drinking, cooking and bathing. CCIJ

Words by Lamin Jahateh. Images by Jason Florio for CCIJ – read/see more…’The Gambia’s Water Paradox’ 

CCIJ: ‘The Gambia’s Water Paradox’ Drone footage, The Gambia, West Africa ©Jason Florio

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West African men punt a raft carrying a water pump, River Gambia, Senegal © Jason Florio

Podcast: Rogue Hippos! & Photographing During a Dictatorshop – Jason Florio

Podcast: Rogue Hippos! & Photographing During a Dictatorshop – Jason Florio talks with Neale James/The Photography Daily Show, about living and working in The Gambia, West Africa.

Podcast: Rogue Hippos! & Photographing During a Dictatorshop – Jason Florio

Today two stories featuring humanitarian photojournalist Jason Florio. In the first we talk about a photo expedition he took with his wife and business partner Helen Jones-Florio along the Gambia River, which sounds beautifully romantic and exotic in equal measure, but doesn’t come without its wildlife challenges as you’re about to find out. And then in part two of our conversation, we discuss moving to Africa, living initially under a regime that didn’t encourage open documentary work or journalism or indeed anyone who might want to talk of uncomfortable truths in a country which has the motto, progress, peace and prosperity. Listen to the podcast at The Photography Daily Show

A woman checks her traps on the River Gambia, Senegal, in the early hours of the morning, West Africa. Image ©Jason Florio
A migrant fisherwoman checks her traps on the River Gambia, The Gambia, West Africa. Image ©Jason Florio
River Gambia Expedition – 10044km source-sea African odyssey
Podcast: Rogue Hippos! & Photographing During a Dictatorshop – Jason Florio
'Gambia-victims, and resisters' AKJ was shot by Gambian security forces during a student protest in 2000. Image ©Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio
‘Gambia-victims, and resisters’ AKJ was shot by Gambian security forces during a student protest in 2000. Image ©Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio
‘Gambia – victims, and resisters’

“We want answers and we want justice, and we will not give up until those who are responsible are held accountable.” Nana-Jo Ndow, human rights activist and founder of ANEKED, whose father was murdered by Yahya Jammeh’s security forces

CAP PRIZE SHORTLIST 2021:Nana-Jo Ndow, daughter of Saul Ndow, holding a picture of her father who, in 2013, was forcibly disappeared from Senegal by Gambian security forces and murdered ©Jason Florio / Helen Jones-Florio
(LEFT) Nana-Jo Ndow, daughter of Saul Ndow, holding a picture of her father who, in 2013, was forcibly disappeared from Senegal, along with Mahawa Cham, former Gambian MP. Witness testimonies revealed that they had been abducted and taken over the border into The Gambia, where they were both killed by Jammeh’s security forces in Jammeh’s home village. “We want answers and we want justice, and we will not give up until those who are responsible are held accountable.” (RIGHT) One of three crocodile pools in former Gambian president, Yahya Jammeh’s home village. It is alleged that a number of Jammeh’s victms were dropped into local wells and some thrown to the crocodiles to destroy the evidence.Image ©Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio
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WATCH: ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey‘. Footage ©Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio

Huge thanks to Neale James at the Photography Daily Show for inviting me to share our West Africa experiences.

JF

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The Gambia-ITC-Creative Industries. A group of photographers and filmmakers attending their first Masterclass with photographer and film maker, Jason Florio, May 2021. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio

The Gambia: Storytelling Masterclass with Photographer & Filmmaker, Jason Florio, for the Creative Industries programme

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The Gambia-ITC-Creative Industries. A group of photographers and filmmakers attending their first Masterclass with photographer and film maker, Jason Florio, May 2021. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio
The Gambia-ITC-Creative Industries/Andandorr Programme’s first Masterclass with photographer and film maker, Jason Florio, May 2021. Image courtesy Isatou Jallow/ITC, The Disruptive Lab, Fajara.

The Gambia: Storytelling Masterclass, 18th May 2021 marked the launch of a 5+ month project with the International Trading Centre /Creative Industries as part of the Andandorr Programme. We will be working closely with established photographers, and filmmakers, incorporating Masterclasses, one-one mentoring, workshops, skills enhancement, assignments, and exhibitions.

Photographer & Filmmaker, Jason Florio, sets up the screen with his work, in preparation for his first Storytelling Masterclass, The Gambia. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio
Photographer & Filmmaker, Jason Florio, prepares for his first Storytelling Masterclass, The Gambia. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio

We are excited to get going with the Creatives! More news to follow soon, as we progress.

Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio

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Header Image ©Helen Jones-Florio, Storytelling Masterclass, at The Disruptive Lab, Gambia

Photographers, Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio - portrait courtesy Joanna Demarco, The Gambia, West Africa
Photographers, Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio – portrait courtesy Joanna Demarco, The Gambia, West Africa

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NEW YORK FILM ACADEMY POSTER - PHOTOGRAPHER/FILMMAKER GUEST SPEAKER MAY 2021

New York Film Academy – Guest Speaker Series: Photojournalist & Filmmaker, Jason Florio

New York Film Academy Guest Speaker Series: Jason Florio, Photojournalist & Filmmaker

Friday, May 21st 12pm E.T./9am P.T.

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Jason Florio is an award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker, originally from London, based in NYC for 18 years before relocating to The Gambia, West Africa, in 2013. He has produced images and documentaries for clients including The New York Times, Smithsonian, The New Yorker, Outside, Bloomberg, Geographical, MIT Technology Review, and Amnesty International. His focus has been on under-reported stories about people living on the margins of society and human rights. His work has been recognized with a number of awards, including The Magnum Photography Award for his work on migration. His work is held in a number of public and private collections and has been presented in solo and joint exhibitions in the USA, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Jason is represented by Redux Pictures in NYC.

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NEW YORK FILM ACADEMY POSTER - PHOTOGRAPHER/FILMMAKER GUEST SPEAKER MAY 2021
New York Film Academy – NYFA Guest Speaker Series with Photojournalist & Filmmaker, Jason Florio. Image ©Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio ‘Gambia-victims, and resisters’

Florio completed the first recorded circumnavigation of The Gambia by foot, co-leading with his wife Helen Jones-Florio – a 930km expedition, producing an award-winning series of portraits titled ‘Silafando’. Three years later he co-led, with Helen, the first recorded expedition of River Gambia from its source in Guinea-Conakry to the Atlantic Ocean, in The Gambia – creating a document of the communities that live along its 1130km course before a planned dam is constructed. He is currently continuing a long-term project in the Gambia documenting the victims of the former government under the dictatorship of Yahya Jammeh.

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Portraits for Positive Change exhibition booklet – front cover © Jason Florio
‘Gambia – victims, & resisters’ Portraits for Positive Change exhibition booklet – Images © Jason Florio / Helen Jones-Florio

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CURRENT LOCATION: MAY, 2021

 THE GAMBIA, WEST AFRICA

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