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The portrait of Ahmed Shah Massoud - 'The Lion of Panjshir' - in his camp in the mountains was taken shortly before he was killed. Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan. black and white portrait © Jason Florio, September 2001

‘The Lion of Panjshir’ – Commander Ahmed Shah Massoud

19 years ago, September 2001, I was in Afghanistan with Pepe Escobar. On returning to my home in New York City I got the news on Sept 10th that Commander Ahmed Shah Massoud – ‘The Lion of the Panjshir’ (header image) – who we had recently been a guest of, had been assassinated by Al Qaeda operatives posing at journalists. The following day I was standing next to the Twin Towers, in Lower Manhattan as they collapsed…

Northern Alliance fighters arriving by helicopter in the early hours of the morning, in the Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan. Image © Jason Florio, September 2001
Northern Alliance fighters arriving by helicopter, Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan. Image © Jason Florio, August/September 2001

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Young Taliban fighters, Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Image ©Jason Florio, August/September 2001

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…”.

Crossing the Afghanistan-Pakistan border by foot at the Khyber pass we spent two weeks driving through the heart of Taliban-Afghanistan to try and get a clear understanding of who the Taliban were and how they held such sway over the populace. We felt we had dropped through a tear in the space-time fabric to the surreal land of corrupted ancient ideologies spouted from the mouths kohl-eyed men driving brand-new Toyota 4×4’s, where photography was outlawed – and because of which, we were arrested on two occasions… Jason Florio – read / see more images floriophoto.com

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COVID 19 London Lockdown. Homelessness. Images ©Jason Florio

COVID 19 London lockdown - A woman an wearing a face mask walks past a group of homeless people, in a semi-deserted London street ©Jason Florio
COVID19 London Lockdown. Homelessness. Image © Jason Florio

Tuesday 24th March, 2020: The first day of the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s lockdown to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. In Central London the streets were abnormally quiet, it felt as if nearly all of society had been sieved away, and only the homeless were left on the almost deserted streets. London has an estimated 170,000 homeless.

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COVID 19 London lockdown - a homeless man lies sleelping on the floor at the Southbank. Image ©Jason Florio
COVID 19 London lockdown © Jason Florio

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COVID 19 London lockdown-A lone man reads the newspaper in a deserted Trafalgar Square, London. Image © Jason Florio
COVID19 London Lockdown. Image © Jason Florio
COVID 19 London lockdown - A lone homeless man walks across a deserted Trafalgar Square, London. Image ©Jason Florio
COVID19 London Lockdown. Image © Jason Florio

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COVID 19 London lockdown - a lone homeless man sits on the street, Central London. Image © Jason Florio
COVID 19 London lockdown. Image © Jason Florio

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Location: March 2020 – Currently, physical-distancing in the UK

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Photography workshops, The Gambia, with Jason Florio

A very timely reminder, on FB, about our last photography workshop, in The Gambia, January 2014. Timely, because this week we look forward to holding our next workshop, in-country.

Photography Workshops, The Gambia: Student portrait workshop – January 2014. Image ©Jason Florio

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Photography Workshops, The Gambia: Jason Florio teaching portrait photography with young Gambian students – Jan 2014. Image © Helen Jones-Florio

January 2020 – Currently in The Gambia, West Africa

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Creating a Movement – United Purpose, NGO. A a short film by Jason Florio and Zane Dedlow

This film showcases how United Purpose has created a movement to end open defecation in Nigeria using an approach called Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS). A short film by Jason Florio / Zane Dedlow

In Nigeria, less than half of all households have their own toilet and one in four of the 2 million population still defecate in the open – United Purpose

Creating a Movement – a short film by Jason Florio and Zane Dedlow. The film showcases how United Purpose has created a movement to end open defecation in Nigeria using an approach called Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS). This harnesses the shock and shame generated by communities’ realisation of their own sanitation and hygiene situation and turns it into transformative action across entire regions.

Polio victim Lawrence Itsu of Bisu ward constructed his own toilet after his community was triggered, Nigeria. Image © Jason Florio /United Purpose

Polio Victim, Lawrence Itsu, of Bisu ward constructed his own toilet after his community was triggered. He is a shoemaker, teacher and also offers computer services in his village. He is married with five children.

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