On-line hangout – ‘The Great Exodus: A Look at How the Migrant Crisis is Being Pictured in the Media’

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The first rescues by the MOAS search and rescue team in the Mediterranean Sea – image © Jason Florio/MOAS.eu, 2015

 

The Reading The Pictures Salon is an on-line, real-time discussion between photojournalists, visual academics and other visual or subject experts… .’ Read more, and register for the hangout (Sunday 10th January 2015 – 11am-1pm EST/4pm-6pm GMT), on the RTP’s salon website.

The panel:
MichelleBogre‬ The New School Parsons; ‪‎AnneDemo‬ Penn State University; AlixandraFazzina‬Photographer, NOOR; Jason Florio Freelance Photographer; ShaniOrgad‬ London School of Economics and Political Science; GlennRuga‬ Social Documentary Network; MichaelShaw‬Reading the Pictures; MODERATOR: CaraFinnegan‬

Florio will be joining in the discussion, from the Aegean Sea, where he is currently on another photo assignment, this time with MOAS’s new rescue boat, the Topaz Responder

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Black and White Monday: Cracked windscreen, Kinshasa, DR Congo

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Image © Helen Jones-Florio, Kinshasa, DR Congo

 

I have ridden in many, many, taxis in parts of Africa where cracked windscreens seem to be de rigueur. However, this one defied the realms of possibility. The screen – barely held together (it wasn’t even taped up!) – has to be the finest I have seen… yet, that is.

Helen Jones-Florio

Related: Black & White Photography

NGO, Concern Universal: Ebola, hygiene, and hand washing – image by Jason Florio

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Image © Jason Florio for Concern Universal, The Gambia and Senegal, West Africa (click image to ‘like’ CU’s FB page)

 

To view more of Jason Florio’s images, for CU, in West Africa, please visit their website.

Related posts:

‘Off to work we go… Ebola-free Gambia, for Concern Universal

The Gambia, West Africa, paying the price for being Ebola-Free

Hello…my name is Alieu…Tippy Tap hand-washing hygiene in The Gambia

 

An interview with photographer, Jason Florio, for NGO Concern Universal

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Jason had some great questions from Concern Universal guest blogger, Morgan Meeker, including:

You’ve documented the collapse of the World Trade Center – how do you make sense of it scenes like that?‘ Read Jason’s answers to all the questions on the CU site

Profile image of Jason Florio © Helen Jones-Florio

 

Off to work we go – photos for NGO, Concern Universal, #ebolafree Gambia, West Africa

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Image © Jason Florio for Concern Universal – Tppiy Tap’

 

We’re looking forward to working with one of our favorite NGO’s, Concern Universal, again. Today, we’ll be shooting in Gunjur, Kartong and surrounding areas.

Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 8.40.08 AM Please do check out CU’s current campaign: ‘Ebola – Urgent Appeal

We’ll share new images from today’s photo assignment later!

Thank you!

The Florios – Jason & Helen

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Image © Chris Bartlett, NYC

 

Related Links:‘ Hello, my name is Alieu’  Tippy Tap Hygiene in The Gambia, CU

International Women’s Day 2018

Silafando portraits - Female village chief, Fatou Dansu, of Kabba Kama, Gambia ©Jason Florio
The village chief (‘alkalo’), Fatou Dansu, of Kabba Kama, Gambia ©Jason Florio. We met and stayed with Fatou in 2009  (she was, at that time, one of only 5 female chiefs in the Gambia) – a strong advocate in the fight to eradicate FGM (female genital mutilation)

 

International Women’s Day 2018

Celebrating just a few of the incredibly inspiring women we have met, over the years, and photographed on our travels, and photography assignments.

 

Human rights lawyers, with their client, Jugana Suso: L-R: Hawa Sisay Sabally, Rachel Yvonne Mendy, Juguna Suso, Yassin Sanghor © Helen Jones-Florio (2nd Camera)
Human rights lawyers, with their client, Jugana Suso: L-R: Hawa Sisay Sabally, Rachel Yvonne Mendy, Juguna Suso, Yassin Sanghor © Helen Jones-Florio (2nd Camera on ‘We Never Gave Up – stories of courage in Gambia‘)

 

Selam Tsfay from Eritrea rescued from a wooden boat carrying 369 people - portrait ©Jason Florio
Selam Tsfay from Eritrea rescued from a wooden boat carrying 369 people ©Jason Florio – ‘Destination Europe: out at sea

 

A village soap production collective in Ghana helping local women support their families ©Jason Florio for United Purpose, NGO
A village soap production collective in Ghana helping local women support their families ©Jason Florio for United Purpose, NGO

 

Sonia Pierre -Executive Director of the human rights organization, the Movement for Dominico-Haitian Women (Movimiento de Mujeres Dominico-Haitianas, MUDHA) © Jason Florio
The late Sonia (Solange) Pierre –Executive Director of the human rights organization, the Movement for Dominico-Haitian Women (Movimiento de Mujeres Dominico-Haitians, MUDHA) © Jason Florio

 

Ladies from the Santa Yalla kaffo - a collective that harvests rice for a landowner near River Gambia at Kaur. The earn 30 dalasis a day - 80 US cents ©Jason Florio
Ladies from the Santa Yalla kaffo – in the rice fields, Kaur, Gambia ©Jason Florio

 

January 2013: Kaur, The Gambia, West Africa. Members of the Santa Yalla kaffo (group) take a moment between harvesting rice from the fields, which are irrigated by the River Gambia. They are paid 30 Gambian Dalasis a day (80 US cents). River Gambia Expedition

Interviewing ex-Mile2 prisoner, Ngoi Njie, The Gambia, West Africa ©Helen Jones-Florio
Interviewing ex-Mile2 prisoner, Ngoi Njie, The Gambia, West Africa ©Helen Jones-Florio

 

And, not forgetting, all those young girls who keep me company, and make us smile and, very often, laugh out loud wherever we go in the world…we salute you, too.

Our constant companions, during our walk around Jinack Island, Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio
Our constant companions, during our walk around Jinack Island, Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio

 

Girls just wanna have fun, Kemoto Point, Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio
Girls just wanna have fun, Kemoto Point, Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio

A photographer’s take: in conversation with a humanitarian storyteller – Jason Florio

NGO, United Purpose, interview Jason Florio, about his work with them over the last few years, and other documentary photography

Unaccompanied minor, Eritrean, Henock, onboard rescue ship, leads refugees in song of thanks ©Jason Florio
Unaccompanied Eritrean minor, Henock, onboard rescue ship, leads refugees in song of thanks. ©Jason Florio

 

UP: Do you have a favourite photograph?

Jason Florio:It’s a bit like asking someone trying to choose their favourite child (and feeling pangs of guilt!). But I love this image of HenoCk (pictured above), a 14-year-old boy from Eritrea who was rescued in the Mediterranean. During the voyage on the NGO rescue ship, he led other Eritrean refugees in songs of thanks for being saved. A year later, I met him in Zurich for a film I was making… Read more on the UP blog
Photographer, Jason Florio ©Lamin Ndong
Photographer, Jason Florio. Photo credit: Lamin Ndong

 

See more of Florio’s work with NGO’s

LensCulture Exposure Awards 2018 – Winners, Finalists, Jurors’ Picks

Congratulations, Jason Florio – Jurors’ Pick – for ‘Destination Europe

Magnum Photography Awards 2017/Lens Culture - image © Jason Florio - migrants and refugees emerging from the bowels of a over-packed wooden boat in the Mediterranean Sea
Migrants and refugees emerging from the bowels of an over-packed wooden boat in the Mediterranean SeaImage © Jason Florio ‘Destination Europe’ Magnum Photography Awards 2017

 

Mazie Harris – Assistant Curator of the Department of Photographs Getty Museum

‘Amidst ongoing debates over immigration and refugees, I found myself returning repeatedly to Jason Florio’s portfolio. Through thoughtful compositional choices, a careful selection… ‘read more on the Lensculture Exposure Awards – Winners & Finalistspage

Magnum Photography Awards 2017 – Jason Florio Photojournalism Winner ‘Destination Europe’

Bangladeshi and Pakistani migrants wait to be evacuated from the fetid hold of a smuggler’s boat off the coast of Libya. © Jason Florio/MOAS. Photojournalism Series Winner, Magnum Photography Awards 2017.
Bangladeshi and Pakistani migrants wait to be evacuated from the fetid hold of a smuggler’s boat off the coast of Libya. © Jason Florio/MOAS. Photojournalism Series Winner, Magnum Photography Awards 2017.
For the past two years (2015-16), I was embedded with the first search and rescue NGO, Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), to operate rescue ships. Their specific aim is to save the lives of migrants and refugees attempting to cross the Mediterranean and Aegean seas...’ Jason Florio – Read/see more on the LensCulture site

 

Jason Florio - 'Destination Europe' - one of the top winners of the Magnum Photography Awards 2017

Onboard a fishing boat 30 miles off the coast of Libya, a Bangladeshi man begs to be released from the overcrowded hold of the boat where he was packed with 150 men in slave-ship like conditions. The boat carried414 migrants and refugees attempting to reach Italy. The migrant boat was intercepted by the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station’s rescue ship, and all the people on board were evacuated. © Jason Florio/MOAS

 

PHOTOJOURNALISM SERIES WINNER/ MAGNUM PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2017

JASON FLORIO

United Kingdom

‘Destination Europe’

 

Gambian and other West African migrants just rescued from a packed rubber boat off the coast of Libya huddle on the deck of Migrant Offshore Aid Station’s ship. In the background, their rubber boat is set ablaze to prevent smugglers, who were circling during the rescue, from taking the engine and boat back to Libya to use again. © Jason Florio.

Gambian and other West African migrants just rescued from a packed rubber boat off the coast of Libya huddle on the deck of Migrant Offshore Aid Station’s ship. In the background, their rubber boat is set ablaze to prevent smugglers, who were circling during the rescue, from taking the engine and boat back to Libya to use again. © Jason Florio.

 

PRESS:
Press: The Guardian - images © Jason Florio 'Destination Europe' Magnum Photography Awards 2017 - Photojournalism Winner
Press: The Guardian – images © Jason Florio ‘Destination Europe’ Magnum Photography Awards 2017
Check out floriophoto.com for more on Florio’s work in the Aegean Sea & the Mediterranean Sea
Instagram @Jasonflorio

#WorldRefugeeDay 2017 – images by Jason Florio

World Refugee Day 2017 - portraits of Syrian refugees post-rescue - images ©Jason Florio
World Refugee Day 2017 – Images ©Jason Florio. See full series of portraits here

 

Destination Europe‘ – images by Jason Florio, taken over a two-year period, whilst embedded onboard rescue ships in the Aegean & Mediterranean Sea, with Malta-based NGO, MOAS.

Fatima from Daraa, Syria traveling with only with her five young children comforts her 5-year-old twins, Ines and Imed, post-rescue © Jason Florio
Fatima from Daraa, Syria traveling with only with her five young children comforts her 5-year-old twins, Ines and Imed, post-rescue © Jason Florio