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Jason Florio with two of our students, Gerald and Ya Ida, documenting beach life, The Gambia, West Africa © Helen Jones-Florio

Please check out our ‘Behind-the-Scenes‘ FB photo album – for regularly updated snap shots of Jason Florio working with the Gambian photography students for ‘Photos Tell Stories: teaching photography – a visual language

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Josh Shrager, Public Affairs Officer at the US Embassy Banjul, joins the students and Florio as they edit their work. It’s thanks to Josh/US Embassy that we are able to do the workshops © Helen Jones-Florio
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Florio teaches the art of portraiture at the YMCA with Gambian students, Aisha and Gerald © Helen Jones-Florio
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Day 1 : the students introduce themselves © Helen Jones-Florio
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Florio teaches Omar portrait photography – his models/our Gambian students dress up for the occasion © Helen Jones-Florio
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Workshop producer, Helen Jones-Florio, gets the cameras ready for another days shooting. Thanks to FujiFilm, USA, for thier partnership © Jason Florio
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The end of Day 1: L-R (back row) Lucia, Catherine, Florence, Omar, Muhammed, Jason Florio (front row) Khadjiatou, Aisha, Ya Ida, Haryaz, Muhammed © Helen Jones-Florio

We’ll be posting more of the students images from the initial 4-day workshop very soon. Later this week, we start to take the workshops on the road – for 1-day ‘Village Photography Workshops‘ – to more rural and up-country areas of The Gambia. We’re looking forward to this as it’s these areas that both of us spend most of time in, whenever we travel to the country.

Our first stop will be the small village of Kembujeh – which is in the  area where Jason photographed much of his ‘Makasutu-mecca in the forest series of portraits; taken over a period of 12 years. We’ll no doubt be stopping for tea at fisherman, Abdou Ndong’s compound, in the village – a favorite ‘Makasutu’ subject and great friend of Jason’s over the years.

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Abdou Ndong – Gambian fisherman with a rescued crocodile (Makasutu) © Jason Florio

Abdou was also  one the fishermen who came on the ‘River Gambia Expedition1044km source-sea African odyssey’ (2013-14), along with Ebou Jarju, who is kindly helping us to arrange the photography students for the Kembujeh workshop.

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Thank you for stopping by!

The Florios (Helen & Jason)

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Even we (Jason and Helen) didn’t escape direction from the photography students during their ‘how to shoot a portrait’ day!

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