Photography workshops, The Gambia, with Jason Florio

Photography Workshops, The Gambia: Student portrait workshop - Kombos, The Gambia, West Africa, West Africa. Image ©Jason Florio
Photography Workshops, The Gambia: Student portrait workshop – The Gambia, West Africa. Image ©Jason Florio

We had a very timely reminder on FB this morning, about our last photography workshop, in The Gambia, January 2014. Timely, because this time next week we will be holding our next workshop, in-country.

Student portrait photography workshop - The Gambia, West Africa. Image © Ya Ida Drammeh. With Jason Florio
Photography Workshops, The Gambia: Image by workshop student, Ya Ida Drammeh

Photography Workshops, The Gambia

January 2014, Photography Workshop, The Gambia: The students spent most the first day in the classroom with their tutor, photographer and filmmaker, Jason Florio, where he covered the following topics: a brief history of photography; what is a photograph; portraiture; environmental portraiture; reportage; landscape photography (including showing the students images from all of our contributing photographers); guides and techniques; what makes a good photograph; rules of photography (rule of thirds, leading lines, etc.); lighting; editing…

Student portrait workshop - Kombos, The Gambia, West Africa. Image by  Aisha P.Njie. With Jason Florio
Photography Workshops, The Gambia: Image by Aisha P.Njie

The resulting work, by the young students, culminated in an exhibition at Alliance Francaise, in The Gambia

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Photography Workshops, The Gambia: Opening night of Photos Tell Stories exhibition – the photography students with workshop tutors, Jason Florio and Helen Jones-Florio

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS, THE GAMBIA

Photography Workshops, The Gambia - Image © Malang Jarju, Kartong, The Gambia
Photography Workshops, Kartong, The Gambia – image by Malang Jarju

Each evening, at the end of the workshop, in each region that we taught, the students’ work was exhibited in the village.

Exhibiting photography students work on a big screen, The Gambia, West Africa ©Jason Florio
Exhibiting the photography students work on a large screen, at night, The Gambia, West Africa ©Jason Florio

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS, THE GAMBIA

January 2020 Photography Workshops – Keep an eye out for updates from our next workshop – this time, with young Gambian journalists and their photographs of their Gambia.

Photographer & workshop tutors, Jason Florio & helen Jones-Florio, The Gambia
Teaching movement in photography – workshop tutors, Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio by student Gerald Soweh

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Looking back: Gambian photography students learn the art of portraiture with Jason Florio

I just had a conversation with one of my sisters, who told me that my young nephew is about to study photography at school, and that his first powerpoint was going to be about my co-instigator in all things photography (from our expeditionsphotography workshops), Jason Florio.  Looking back, for links on here that might be of interest to my nephew, took me to the ‘Photos Tell Stories: teaching photography – a visual language (P.T.S.s) workshop posts; all about when we held a number of photography workshops, around The Gambia, West Africa (thanks to a grant from the US Embassy, Banjul), with young Gambian students.

We are still so immensely honored to have had the opportunity to hold the workshops, and particularly proud of the level of work our young students produced – despite 99% of them having never even used a camera.

I just wanted to re-share this – especially for my nephew, Harry. Maybe one day, he’ll be the one teaching photography workshops somewhere in West Africa.

Enjoy!

Helen Jones-Florio

2014: ‘Photos Tell Stories‘ photography workshop #1: The Kombos region, The Republic of The Gambia, West Africa – students were chosen from various senior secondary schools in the region

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L-R: Aisha, Muhammed N, PTS’s producer, Helen Jones-Florio, Haryat, Ya Ida, MMuhammed S, Kadji, Omar, Lucia, Catherine, Florence © Jason Florio

The students spent most the first day in the classroom with Jason Florio,  P.T.S.’s photographer and tutor,  where he covered the following topics: a brief history of photography; what is a photograph; portraiture; environmental portraiture; reportage; landscape photography (including showing the students images from all of our contributing photographers); guides and techniques; what makes a good photograph; rules of photography (rule of thirds, leading lines, etc.); lighting; editing. Lastly, how the students could share their world through photography.

We then went on to familiarize the students with the digital cameras (thank you to FujiFilm USA for their support):

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Image © Jason Florio

The students practice how to capture movement:

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Image © Helen Jones-Florio

Following is a selection of work from the  students – on the second day of the workshop – taken during their portraiture class:

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Image © Florence Ampong

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Image © Aisha P. Njie

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Image © Gerald Soweh

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Image © Muhanned Njie

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Image © Ya Ida Drammeh

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Image © Omar Dampha

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Image © Muhammed Njie

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Image © Muhammed Sinera

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Image © Kadjiatou Jawara

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Image © Catherine Mahoney

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Image © Jason Florio

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Image © Omar Dpampha

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Image © Gerald Soweh

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Image © Lucia Mendy

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Image © Ya Ida Drammeh

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Image © Aisha P.Njie

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Image © Gerald Soweh

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Image © Catherine Mahoney

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Image © Florence Ampong

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Image © Muhammed Sinera

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Image @ Kadjotou Jawara

The students with Jason Florio – image © P.T.S.’s workshop producer Helen Jones-Florio

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Image © Helen Jones-Florio

To check out our ‘behind-the-scenes‘ album, please visit the ‘Photos Tell Stories’ FB page – where you can see the students and Jason Florio at work, during all the photography workshops.

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‘Behind-the-Scenes’ Jason Florio with the Kombos photography workshop students

Next up, we’ll be sharing the students images from ‘HOME’.  After showing the students work from all 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 – their assignment was to go and photograph their interpretation of ‘HOME’ . The following day, they returned to the workshop with some very interesting and inspired images. More on that very soon…

Other posts you might be interested in: ‘Teaching the art of portrait photography

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

Thank you for stopping by

The Florios (Helen & Jason)

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Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio, Photoville, NY, 2013. Image © Chris Bartlett

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Gambian ‘Photos Tell Stories’ photography workshop students receive their certificates

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Silicon Institute, Soma, The Gambia, West Africa

A selection of images of the ‘Photos Tell Stories‘ school students, from various towns and villages around The Gambia, West Africa, showing off their Certificates of Attendance – which each student received after completion of their photography workshop with photographer and tutor, Jason Florio, and producer, Helen Jones-Florio.

Huge thanks to Josh Shrager, Papa Njie, and all at the US Embassy, Banjul, for partnering with ‘Photos Tell Stories: teaching photography – a visual language

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Tote bag design by ‘Jekkah – African inspired clothing‘ – made in The Gambia

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Aila Senior Secondary School, Kembujeh, The Gambia, West Africa

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Catherine Mahoney, St Joseph Senior Secondary School, Kombos, The Gambia, West Africa

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Ya Ida Drammeh, SBEC International School, Kombos, The Gambia, West Africa

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Sally Asamoah, Aila Senior Secondary School, Kembujeh, The Gambia, West Africa

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Kadjiatou Jawara, Imam Malick Islamic School, Kombos, The Gambia, West Africa

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Muhammed Sinera, Imam Malick Islamic School, Kombos, The Gambia, West Africa

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Farafenni Senior Secondary School, Farafenni, The Gambia, West Africa

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St Martins School, Kartong, The Gambia, West Africa

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Florence Ampong, Principal, St Joseph Senior Secondary School, Kombos, The Gambia, West Africa

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Gerald Sowah, St Joseph Senior Secondary School, Kombos, The Gambia, West Africa

We are now working on an exhibition, to be held in The Gambia, of the students work…news on this coming soon.

We have so much more to share with you. So, please check in again to see more of the students work. In the meantime, if you would like to check out the students work we have uploaded so far, please click on ‘Students Work‘ and ‘Teaching the Art of Portrait Photography

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Image © Ya Ida Drammeh

 

If you are interested in booking a Photos Tell Stories photography workshop with us, or a presentation of the work from our West Africa travels: ‘River Gambia Expedition‘ and ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush‘, please click here for more details.

Thanks, as ever, for stopping by

The Florios – Jason & Helen

Photos Tell Stories

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Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio, Photoville, NY, 2013. Image © Chris Bartlett

‘HOME’ work assignment for our Gambian photography workshop students

Inspired by a slideshow projection, in the classroom, of images of  ‘Home’ from our  contributing professional photographers (including Amy Toensing, Ben Lowy, Henry Jacobson, Manjari Sharma, Ryan Heffernan, Oskar Landi), the ‘Photos Tell Stories‘ students, from the Kombo area of The Gambia, were given their main assignment from photographer and tutor, Jason Florio: take the cameras away and photograph what ‘Home‘ means to them.

Each of them came back with some very well composed, inspired images – some literal, others not so. Following is a short edit of those images, from each of our students.

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Image © Omar Dampha

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Image © Omar Dampha

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Image © Aisha P. Njie

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Image © Aisha P. Njie

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Image © Catherine Mahoney

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Image © Catherine Mahoney

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Image © Florence Ampong

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Image © Florence Ampong

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Image © Gerald Soweh

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Image © Gerald Soweh

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Image © Kadijatou Jawara

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Image © Kadijatou Jawara

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Image © Lucia Mendy

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Image © Lucia Mendy

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Image © Muhammed Njie

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Image © Muhammed Njie

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Image © Muhammed Sinera

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Image © Ya Ida Drammeh

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Image © Ya Ida Drammeh

You can check out more of our Kombo students work here

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The Kombo ‘Photos Tell Stories’ photography workshop students © Jason Florio

If you are interested in booking a ‘Photos Tell Stories’ photography workshop – either as a group or individually – please take a look at our ‘Book a Photography Workshop or Presentation’ page.

We’ll be sharing more of our photography workshop students images, from The Gambia, very soon. You can also check out our ‘Behind-the-Scenes’ FB photo album, where you can see Jason Florio and the students at work.

Thanks, as always, for stopping by.

The Florios – Helen & Jason

In partnership with the US Embassy, Banjul, The Gambia, West Africa

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Image © Muhammed Sinera: Helen Jones-Florio & Jason Florio