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Photo of the Day: Red Light, Full Moon, The Gambia

A woman sits on the terrace of a restaurant, bathed in a neon red light. Above the roof, the full moon rises. The Gambia. Image ©Jason Florio
Red Light, Full Moon. Image © Jason Florio, The Gambia, West Africa

Here in The Gambia the speechless full moon comes out now. ‘Take an axe to the prison wall, walk out like someone suddenly born into colorRumi

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CURRENT LOCATION: NOVEMBER 2020 – THE GAMBIA, WEST AFRICA

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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

Current Location: September 2020 – Malta

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Press: El Pais – ‘Tribal Royalty’. Portraits of Gambian Chiefs and Elders by Jason Florio

PRESS: El Pais 'Tribal Royalty' (1/6) - portraits by Jason Florio of Gambian chiefs (alkalos) and elders. Taken whilst on a 930km circumnavigation of the Gambia, West Africa
PRESS: El Pais ‘Tribal Royalty’ (1/6) – portraits by Jason Florio of Gambian chiefs (alkalos) and elders

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Muchas gracias a El País por presentar mis retratos de jefes y ancianos de Gambia. Jason Florio, photographer/filmmaker
PRESS: El Pais 'Tribal Royalty' (4/6) - portraits by Jason Florio of Gambian chiefs (alkalos) and elders. Taken whilst on a 930km circumnavigation of the Gambia, West Africa
PRESS: El Pais ‘Tribal Royalty’ (4/6) – portraits by Jason Florio of Gambian chiefs (alkalos) and elders.

El Pais’ Opinion’ page ran the portraits for 6 days last week, both online and in hard copy. Jason Florio’s portraits form part of a larger body of work, ‘Silafando – a gift to you on behalf of my journey’. Formal portraits of Gambian chiefs (the ‘Alkalos’) and elders, taken whilst on the first fully documented circumnavigation of The Gambia, West Africa, entirely by foot – 930km. With producer, and photographer, Helen Jones-Florio.

‘Silafando – a gift to you on behalf of my journey’

'Silfando' Village chief, Herouna Tunkara and his horse ©Jason Florio. Portraits of Gambian village chiefs and elders from a 930km walk around the Gambia, West Africa
‘Silafando’ – Village chief, Herouna Tunkara and his horse. Image © Jason Florio

Along with Jason, the small expedition team also consisted of producer, and photographer, Helen Jones-Florio, three Gambians (Samba, Janneh, and Modou), and two donkeys (‘Paddy’ and ‘Neil’, kindly loaned to the team from The Gambia Horse & Donkey Trust charity) – to pull the cart of camera equipment, and camping gear. To read some of the road stories, and see behind-the-scenes images, from the walk, please visit Helen’s blog ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – 930km African odyssey

The expedition team at dawn - leaving Khalaji, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio
Dawn – the expedition team leaving the village of Khalaji, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

Current Location: AUGUST 2020 – Malta

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