Three of the HJF Gallery photographers work selected for the Magnum Photography Awards 2016 Competition Gallery

 

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Over in the Helen Jones-Florio Gallery studio – our new online boutique fine art photography prints gallery – we’re keeping our fingers crossed for three of our photographers who have entered the LensCulture/ Magnum Photos 2016 Competition 

Robert Goldstein, Michel Delsol, and Jason Florio,  all the very best for the finals!

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Photographer Jason Florio, at work, on the River Gambia, West Africa

 

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© Helen Jones-FlorioTangiers International  ‘We are conflict zone medical’

 

Jason Florio photographs young fisherman, Samba, on the River Gambia, in Kuntaur, The Gambia, West Africa. Taken whilst in the ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea Africa odyssey‘, 2012-13

Youtube: MOAS – Migrant Offshore Aid Station – remarkable rescue work in the Mediterranean Sea

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Youtube: Click here or on above image to view footage

 

Another taster of some of the remarkable work by MOAS‘ Phoenix crew (and various documentarians – through video and photography – including Jason Florio) – rescuing people in distress, from the Mediterranean Sea, as they endeavour to make the treacherous crossing, from Libya to Italy, on seriously overloaded fishing boats and dinghy’s,

Related links:

Youtube: Night Rescue of boat migrants from West Africa – footage © MOAS_EU/Jason Florio, 2015. All rights reserved.

Foreign Policy: ‘Rare photographs document the rescue of hundreds of migrants‘ all images © MOAS_EU/Jason Florio, 2015. All rights reserved.

Looking back: young boy leaves the gold mines of Senegal, to cross the River Gambia, after a long days work

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Image © Jason Florio – River Gambia

 

The section from Kedougou to Mako is known as ‘gold country’. For centuries the land on either side of the river has been continually pock marked by thousands of narrow mine shafts. We were warned about camping in these lawless areas, filled with anxious men and women, eyes bent on gold and not to be trusted. As I peered down one of the shafts, my eyes adjusted to see a labourer hunched, with axe in hand, a weak Chinese headlamp dotting the path of his striking tool. Watching the daily descent of these people into deep shafts, hauling the gold-bearing quartz and crushing it by hand, all while enveloped by air choked in fine dust made me realise what hard work it was. The unapologetic Sahelian sun seemingly has a softening effect on even the surliest of people because we were only ever treated courteously by them.Jason Florio ‘The River Gambia’ – for Sidetracked Magazine, Read the whole feature here.

Blog: ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey

The ‘River Gambia‘ series – images by Jason Florio, taken whilst on the journey.

Friday Photo: Migrant workers in the gold mines of Senegal, West Africa © Jason Florio

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Migrant workers take a rest from gold mining in Senegal, West Africa. Image © Jason Florio – Senegal, West Africa

 

Taken whilst on the ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey‘, 2012-13, from the source of the river in the Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea-Conakry, to the mouth of the river, at the Atlantic Ocean, The Gambia – co-lead by Jason Florio and Helen Jones-Florio

Check out Youtube footage: ‘River Gambia’ © Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio

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Photo of the Day: construction workers on Lake Kivu barge, Rwanda – by Jason Florio

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Workers attend to the final construction phase of the KivuWatt barge, Rwanda. Image © Jason Florio, for M.I.T. Technology Review/Redux Pictures NYC

 

Lake Kivu’s Great Gas Gamble – Rwanda

In a first-of-its-kind endeavor, electricity-starved Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo are trying to get power from a lake—and avert catastrophe … . read the full feature here by Jon W. Rosen/ Images © Jason Florio

Press & published work

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.

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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

Gambian Photography workshop students – Friday slideshow

Looking back over some of the marvelous work that our young Gambian students produced, during their Photos Tell Stories Photography Workshops, earlier this year. After running through theory in the classroom, Jason then sent the students out into the field. They came back with some very impressive work – considering the majority of them had never used a camera before – which we exhibited, to a packed gallery, at Alliance Française, here in The Gambia, in May.

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This weekend we will be going back down to Kartong, near the border of Senegal, to carry on with our story about the turtle conservation project, which we started last weekend, where we released 20 turtles into the Atlantic Ocean – an wondrous experience. More on that soon…

Have a great weekend!

The Florios – Helen & Jason

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Jason & Helen at the Photos Tell Stories exhibition venue

 

Related posts: Jason Florio Teaches the Art of Portrait Photography  and Photos Tell Stories Students Work

Weekend photos: Get your cameras out! ‘Photos Tell Stories’ photography workshops, The Gambia

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Big thanks to Fujifilm, USA, for partnering with ‘Photos Tell Stories: teaching photograpy – a visual language

Have a great holiday weekend, all!

The Florios – Helen & Jason

An exhibition of all the Gambian photography students work, opens Friday May 16th, 2014, Alliance Française, The Gambia

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Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio book the exhibition venue!