The Gambia

Photo Swindon International Photography Exhibition - 1st July-3rd October, 2021. Boys with painted faces stand looking at the camera, by the River Gambia, West Africa - advertisement for Photoswindon photo exhibition. Image ©Jason Florio

Photo Swindon International Photography Exhibition – 1st July-3rd October, 2021. Jason Florio, Martin Parr, Sanne de Wilde

Photo Swindon International Photography Exhibition – 1st July-3rd October, 2021

‘In Sync – Natures of Togetherness’

Jason Florio | Martin Parr | Sanne de Wilde

Photoswindon International Photography Exhibition - Gambian women standing in a rice field that they are harvesting. Image ©Jason Florio from River Gambia Expedition
Photo Swindon International Photography Exhibition – Gambian women standing in a rice field they are harvesting. Image ©Jason Florio from ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey’

Photo Swindon 2021

Photo Swindon 2021 is a new and exciting outdoor photography exhibition conceived and curated by Swindon based photographer Jennifer Berry and delivered in partnership with Swindon South Parish Council. The programme will feature a collection of works by Internationally acclaimed and award winning documentary photographers.

Jason Florio – Exhibiting 1st-29th July

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Uniquely for a photography exhibition, each photographers work will tour three locations within each month.
The touring nature of this exhibition breaks new ground being the first time this has been done in the UK to our knowledge. We hope this maximises accessibility to all the people of our rich and diverse community.

@photoswindon International Photography Exhibition – photographers and filmmakers, Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio, opening weekend of ‘River Gambia’ . Photo courtesy Joanne Jones

‘River Gambia’ – purchase fine art photography prints

'River Gambia - Horses swimming along a small boat ferry on the River Gambia, The Gambia, West Africa fine art photography prints by Jason Florio - purchase from helenjonesflorio.com onlinegallery
‘River Gambia – Swimming Horses’ fine art photography prints by Jason Florio – purchase from helenjonesflorio.com online gallery

Martin Parr – Exhibiting 31st July-30th August

The locations will be three of Swindon’s parks, The Town Gardens, Queens Park and the GWR Park; totalling an outdoor exhibition across three parks for a period of three months from 1st July – 3rd October 2021.

Sanne de Wilde – Exhibiting 1st Sept-3rd October

Additionally, for 2 weeks in October photography students from New College Swindon will exhibit their work in the Town Gardens, Swindon, and 5th October – 17th October for Graduate Photojournalism and Documentary Photography students from Centre for Art and Photography University of Gloucestershire.

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Generator transport A team punt a raft carrying a water pump that will be used to irrigate banana plantations that flank the river banks in Senegal
Photo Swindon International Photography Exhibition – A team punt a raft carrying a water pump that will be used to irrigate banana plantations that flank the river banks in Senegal. ©Jason Florio from ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey’

‘River Gambia’ – purchase fine art photography prints

Jason Florio completed the first recorded circumnavigation of The Gambia by foot, co-leading with his wife Helen Jones-Florio – a 930 km expedition, producing an award-winning series of portraits titled ‘Silafando’.
Three years later he co-led, with Helen Jones Florio his wife, 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 1130 km course before a planned dam was constructed.

 ‘ROGUE HIPPOS! & PHOTOGRAPHING DURING A DICTATORSHIP’

Podcast: Jason Florio talks to Neale James/Photography Daily Show about Photo Swindon, and the River Gambia Expedition

Huge thanks to Jennifer Berry & Jon Buckett for putting the exhibition together, for the above words, and for inviting me to be part of this incredible photography festival!

Jason Florio

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Header Image: Boys with painted faces, standing on the banks of the River Gambia, Senegal. Image ©Jason Florio

Youtube – ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey’ ©Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio
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
#Portraits4PositiveChange
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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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

#Portraits4PositiveChange

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CURRENT LOCATION: MAY, 2021

 THE GAMBIA, WEST AFRICA

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Poster advertising the screening of 'I Cannot Bury My Father' short documentary at the African Film Festival, New York. Director of Photography - Jason Florio

‘I Cannot Bury My Father’ documentary – African Film Festival, New York, 2021

I am honoured to have worked as Director of Photography on the short documentary film, ‘I Cannot Bury My Father’. And, thrilled that it has been selected for this year’s African Film Festival, New York, 2021. More news and links coming soon.

Poster advertising the screening of 'I Cannot Bury My Father' short documentary at the African Film Festival, New York. Director of Photography - Jason Florio
Advertising the screening of ‘I Cannot Bury My Father’ short documentary at the African Film Festival, New York. Director of Photography – Jason Florio

In 2005, Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh murdered 56 West African migrants out of fear they were mercenaries intending to overthrow him. The disappearance of their slain bodies robbed families of healing and closure by being unable to bury their loved ones. Isaac Mensah, one of the victim’s sons, shares the emotional toll of this atrocity and his quest for answers… ‘I Cannot Bury My Father’, African Film Festival

Isaac Mensah, James Town beach, Accra, Ghana © Jason Florio. Isaac is the son of one of 44 murdered Ghanian migrants, by Gambian security forces, in The Gambia, in 2005.
Presenter of ‘I Cannot Bury My Father’: Isaac Mensah, James Town beach, Accra, Ghana. The son of Peter Mensah, one of 44 Ghanaians killed by Gambian security forces in July 2005. Portrait © Jason Florio / Helen Jones-Florio ‘Gambia – victims, and resisters’ series

I Cannot Bury My Father’

Director/Producer – Nana_Jo_Ndow

Presenter – Isaac Mensah

Director of Photography – Jason Florio

Second Camera – Festus Jackson-Davis

Editor – Gabriel Baron

‘Gambia – victims, and resisters

Photographer, and filmmaker, Jason Florio, with Isaac Mensah and his family, during the filming of ‘I Cannot Bury My Father’, Ghana. Image courtesy of Festus-Jackson Davies

See more of Jason Florio’s multimedia work:

‘Motion’

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CURRENT LOCATION: FEBRUARY, 2021

THE GAMBIA, WEST AFRICA

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