After a very successful opening night, last Friday, at Alliance Française – of ‘Photos Tell Stories – photographs of The Gambia by Gambians‘ – we have started to receive some serious interest, from those who attended, in purchasing the students prints . We announced on the opening night that all sixty in the exhibit are available to buy. All proceeds from sales, minus the printing cost, will go directly to the individual student.
This is such an exciting prospect, for the students – along with having their work recognised and appreciated, in the exhibition – as it adds value to their work, which is part of what Jason brought into the Photos Tell Stories workshops, all those weeks ago. He wanted the students to realise that if they worked hard and produced great work, the potential is there for them to sell it – as he does his own work – whether to media publications or private collectors of photography.
Judging from the public’s reaction at the opening, and the subsequent print purchase requests, I think the students have proved that they are more than capable; considering 99% of them were beginners to the world of photography.
‘Thank you so much and I am very happy. I saw your post on youtube (TV coverage of the exhibition opening night-48 secs in) and it’s just awesome. We are grateful of you, your husband Jason and the American Embassy for promoting photography in the Gambia. It has raise awareness about what photography really meant. Now i can use photos to tell stories even without put any description on it’ Photos Tell Stories workshop student, Abdoulie, Silicon Institute, Soma, The Gambia, West Africa.
We also just got word that Africa Geographic are interested in featuring the Gambian students work, in their on-line magazine, in the coming months. More news on that as and when it comes in.
Hopefully, we’ll be posting more exciting news about more print sales soon!
The Florios – Helen & Jason