Jason Florio, FRGS (Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society, London), is an award-winning, New York based, photographer whose work has focused on under-reported stories on people living on the margins of society and in places of conflict. He photographs and writes for publications including: New York Times, Newsweek, The Independent on Sunday, Virginia Quarterly Review, Men’s Journal, Geographical, AFAR, and Outside Magazine. Florio’s photography has been solo exhibited globally and have won numerous international awards, and his work has been acquired by a number of museums.
Helen Jones-Florio is an expedition and photography producer, writer and blogger. She has been traveling to West Africa for over 15 years and has produced photography assignments around Africa, USA, Mexico, and Europe. She is the co-founder of the ‘Photos Tell Stories’ photography workshops, and has created and produced extensive content for her expedition and photography workshop blogs. She is currently finishing a book about their 2009 expedition - based around her personal journal entries – and collaborating with Jason and on a book about their 2012-13 expedition.
Published work includes – writing and photography: Adventure Travel Magazine (UK), ‘Wings’ (Arik Airlines in-flight magazine), Africa Geographic/Safari Interactive Magazine, Travel Africa Magazine (UK), Resource Magazine (USA), Amazing Travel Stories (USA), Gambia Experience Magazine (UK), Stellazine (USA), African World Heritage Annual Report.
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The West Africa connection : Jason and Helen met in The Gambia, many years ago, whilst each was visiting mutual friends. Since 1997, Jason traveled yearly to The Gambia to work on a long-term project about the people who live and work around the sacred forest of ‘Makasutu’ – the resulting book of this work can be viewed here : Blurb Books.
Together, Jason and Helen have made two West Africa expeditions to produce extensive bodies of photographic, written and video material. In 2009 they made the first recorded circumnavigation of The Gambia by foot – ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush -a 930km African odyssey‘. In 2012/13 they made the first recorded expedition to document the communities along the 1130km course of River Gambia – ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1130km source-sea African odyssey‘. In 2014, sponsored by the US Embassy, Banjul they taught a series of ‘Photos Tell Stories‘ workshops to Gambian students – introducing photography as a way to document and share their lives as part of a cultural exchange.
Presentations: Jason And Helen are available for talks and presentations about their expeditions - please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information and bookings.
Past presentations include: Foto Care, NYC; Foto Fusion, Palm Beach, Florida; APNY ‘Image Makers’, Apple Store, NYC; Athens Photo Festival, Greece; Mailman School of Public Health, NYC.
Jason Florio – published work. Click any image below to view slideshow. See more at floriophoto.com