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New York City-Malta: Photographers, Jason Florio & Reza Deghati meet up after 20 years

New York-Vallletta, Malta - Photographers and Jason Florio and Reza Deghati meet again after 20 years

Photographers Reza Deghati and Jason Florio meet again after 20 years. Image courtesy of Helen Jones-Florio, Valletta, Malta, July 2018

 

July 2018: Jason Florio, currently in Malta

Photographers, Jason Florio & Reza Deghati – Almost 20 years ago, whilst I was still trying to break out of assisting, I was fortunate to have dinner with legendary National Geographic photographers David Alan Harvey and Reza Deghati, in NYC. A life-affirming conversation with them gave me the confidence to pursue the path of photojournalism, that I was just starting to tread upon. Today, here in Malta (when he presented and exhibited his project, ‘Exile Voices‘), after all these years, I had the beautiful opportunity to meet Reza again – and let him know that his and David’s words had a profound impact on my life. It’s been a crazy journey at times, but the one which I feel blessed to be on…

Taschakor, Reza! Great to see you … let’s not wait another 20 years!! JF

 

Arrival into the Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan from Tajikistan with Northern Alliance fighters ©Jason Florio

Arrival into the Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan from Tajikistan with Northern Alliance fighters ©Jason Florio

 

One of the first assignments, as a photojournalist, after that inspiring meeting in NYC with Reza and David, took me to Afghanistan (more than once, over the years)

An Afghan Diary

My journey to the Taliban-controlled region of Afghanistan in August 2000 was in fact not planned. I was on my way to Kashmir to follow the ‘jihad trail’ when I got a call to join my colleague and writer, Pepe Escobar, who was working on jihad stories on the Pakistan-Afghan border – he said: “This is (Afghanistan) where it’s really happening…”. read more on my website

Jason Florio

Currently in Malta – covering Europe and Africa

 

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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

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NGO work in West Africa – images by Jason Florio

Meet Sawadatou, Senegal, West Africa ©Jason Florio

Meet Sawadatou, Senegal, West Africa ©Jason Florio     

 

‘Sawadatou is a refugee who fled from conflict in the Central African Republic and sought refuge in the Casamance region of Senegal. Her journey to Senegal was a treacherous one, which sadly claimed the life of one of her six children. Upon arrival in Senegal, Sawadatou had nothing’ Village Aid, NGO

 

Women carrying cane and bananas, Ghana, West Africa - image © Jason Florio

Ghana, West Africa – image © Jason Florio for Village Aid

 

Portrait of a shop owner, Ghana, by Jason Florio for United Purpose

Portrait of a shop owner, Ghana, © Jason Florio for United Purpose

 

Ghana has made considerable progress in reducing poverty. Despite this, there is growing inequality as the gap between the rich and poor widens. United Purpose has worked in Ghana since 1999. We work in the northern enclave- specifically the Upper West region (still the poorest in Ghana), Northern Brong Ahafo, Northern Volta Regions as well as Kwahu North District. United Purpose

Portrait of a farmer, West Africa, by Jason Florio for United Purpose, Senegal

Portrait of a farmer, West Africa, © Jason Florio for United Purpose, Senegal

 

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