Jason Florio Photography - November 2013 Newsletter
Exhibitions / Events / Fine Art Photography Prints / News / Press
Award-winning NYC based photographer and writer from London, UK, has worked around the world for the past 15 years for publications including The New Yorker, New York Times, Outside, Newsweek, AFAR, and Sunday Times Travel Magazine.
First and foremost, we'd like to extend a big thank you to all who came to see the 'River Gambia Expedition - 1044km source-sea African odyssey' exhibition, and video, at Photoville, NY, in September. Over the two long weekends, an estimated 55,000 people walked through the gates; and it felt as if 54,999 of those walked through our 20ft shipping container gallery! It was a phenomenal experience for us and one we both enjoyed very much indeed.
If you missed out on Photoville, you can view the images on the website : floriophoto.com
The reason being is that we are on making plans to fly back down to West Africa - and then onto East Africa - for a extended period, and we may not have a chance (or a decent internet connection) to post another for some time. So, please read on to find out more about what we have been up to since Photoville and what we are planning to get up to in the coming months:
Working with the American Red Cross, New York
Jason Florio's limited edition fine art photography prints - color and black & white gallery collections available
When we returned to New York earlier this year, we were honored to work with the American Red Cross, NY, on a series of portraits and interviews with Red Cross volunteer first responders. It went so well that they asked us if we would like to do the same with some of the people who have come up against extreme disasters - such as Hurricane Sandy or losing everything in house fires - and who had benefited from the help of the Red Cross.
Listening to the both volunteers, and those who have survived life changing, disastrous events, recount their experiences was incredible - at times harrowing - and, above all, inspirational.
See for yourself (click here or on the image to view footage):
Florio Studio - Limited Edition Fine Art Photography Prints
Jason Florio's limited edition photography prints - signed and printed on HahnemÃ¼hle archival photography paper. For a price list, editions, sizes, and shipping options, please email firstname.lastname@example.orgWe are happy to ship internationally.
APhF:13 - Greece : Florio was invited to the prestigious international event to exhibit his award-winning portraits of Gambian chiefs and elders - 'Silafando - a gift to you on behalf of my journey' - taken whilst on our our 2009 expedition, 'A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush'.
Whilst at APhF:13, he also presented a selection of his work for 'Photo Voices - we speak photography'...'Considering the role of photography as a tool to stimulate cultural and social awareness, Photo Voices 2013 brings together internationally acclaimed photo practitioners and critical thinkers, whose work and thought stands out for their subject matter, process and critical insight'.
FP: What compels you to make photographic portraiture?
Jason Florio- "Itâ€™s a deep-seated desire to connect with other human beings. Photography is a way for me to reach out and spend time with people I donâ€™t know â€” sonâ€™s of dictators, pirates, street children, Mujahedeen, migrants, chiefs, my New York neighbors. In New York City they say the easiest way to meet strangers is to have a dog. The camera is my dog." Read the entire interview here
Whilst we were resting in The Gambia, after finishing our river expedition, we had the fortuitous opportunity to meet the cultural liaison from the US Embassy there - he was extremely interested in what we had done and a big fan of photography. We got talking about how we could share our skills with young African students - kids are fascinated with the camera and are often satisfied with just looking at their image on the screen, laughing hysterically, and then running away. However more than a few seem much more curious about how the camera actually works. After much discussion - and sending a proposal when we got back to NY - we were thrilled when the embassy agreed to give us a grant to teach our first photography workshop to young Gambian students.
The theme of the first workshop is 'Home' - what represents home to our young Gambian students. We have also invited a number of professional international photographers, whose work we admire, to submit images that represent 'home' to them, to show our students during the workshop - using photography as a visual language, which speaks for itself. It will be interesting to see Africa though the eyes of the young Gambians. We look forward to sharing their images with you.
We are hoping that this will be the first of many workshops in West Africa and, if we can make it happen, other regions in Africa too - and bringing some of the professional photographers down to join in the workshops, to share their knowledge with young students; thereby, creating a cross cultural experience. Perhaps there are some of you out there who would like to come and join one of our workshops in the near future - whether as a student or a teacher?
Vimeo - Jason Florio talks about his photojournalism work
You can read the 'River Gambia Expedition' blog to find out more about our 1044km river journey - including making it to the source of the River Gambia in Guinea, dodging angry hippos, rattling up and down the Fouta Djallon Highlands on the back of 'moto taxis', and wild camping on the banks of the river, see more of Jason's photography, and read more behind-the-scenes features. Also, if you so wish, you can subscribe to the blog to receive regular updates - at least as regular as we can make it once we are back in the African bush or paddling on another river!- about our future travels.