Photos Tell Stories – Class of 2014, The Gambia, West Africa (with Helen Jones-Florio) © Jason Florio

Our first day with the Gambian students for the inaugural ‘Photos Tell Stories. Teaching photography – a visual language‘ gave us a good insight into how each of them use the camera – how they see things.

Photos Tell Stories – Class of 2014, The Gambia (with Jason Florio) © Helen Jones-Florio

Jason Florio started with a brief history of photography by showing the students various photographers work, throughout the decades. He covered studio and environmental portraiture, landscape, and the power of telling stories through reportage and documentary photography; along with  exploring photographic techniques with the students.

The students learn how to capture movement © Jason Florio

Jason also included work from our contributing professional photographers – many of whom graciously provided us with images that represent ‘home‘. As an assignment, we will be sending the students home with their cameras tomorrow to produce work that represents ‘home‘ to them. It will be interesting to see what they come back with.

Setting up – the theory – Jason Florio © Helen Jones-Florio
The students get to introduce themselves © Helen Jones-Florio
Portraiture © Helen Jones-Florio (screen images © Jason Florio ‘Silafando’)
Thanks for the photography books, powerHouse, NY – also on the table, including: Raphael Fuchs; Virginia Quarterly Review; Trunk Magazine; Geographical Magazine
Jason shoots with the students © Helen Jones-Florio
Jason demonstrates to the students on how to capture movement © Helen Jones-Florio
Capturing movement © Helen Jones-Florio

We both really enjoyed our first day with the students – they were curious, engaged, and eager to learn – and, looking at the work they have produced so far, there are definitely one or two who appear to have a natural talent with the camera. More on that soon…

Tomorrow we’ll be looking at portraiture photography, in a formal setting, with the students taking portraits of each other. So, please check back again to see how they get on.

Thanks for stopping by.

The Florios (Helen & Jason)

Check out more of Jason’s photography at

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Photos Tell Stories thanks the US Embassy Banjul, The Gambia, for their support. Other partners and contributors here


Big thanks to our contributing photographers: Manjari Sharma; Amber Terranova; Amy Toensing; Sari Goodfriend; Ryan Heffernan; Ben Lowy; Stefan Falke; Oskar Landi; Thomas Donley; Brandon Remler; Wayne Lawrence;   Chris Bartlett; Robert Goldstein; Henry Jacobson; Heloise Bergman



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