About the Florios

Jason Florio

Jason Florio at work - making #Portraits4PositiveChange, #Gambia ©Helen Jones-Florio
Cell phones on silent, please! Jason Florio at work – making #Portraits4PositiveChange, Essau, The Gambia ©Helen Jones-Florio

Jason Florio, FRGS (Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society, London), is an award-winning photographer, and filmmaker, whose work has focused on under-reported stories on people living on the margins of society and in places of conflict. He photographs, films. and writes for publications including New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, Newsweek, MIT Technology Review, National Geographic, The Independent on Sunday, Virginia Quarterly Review, Men’s Journal, Geographical, AFAR, IRIN, and Outside Magazine. Florio’s photography has been solo exhibited globally and has won numerous international awards and his work has been acquired by a number of museums. His fine art photography prints can be purchased from the Helen Jones-Florio Online Gallery.

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Bintu was detained and raped by 3 masked security officers - Gambia victims and resisters portraits ©Jason Florio
Bintu was detained and raped by 3 masked security officers – Gambia #Portraits4PositiveChange ©Jason Florio.

Please visit floriophoto.com for more information. Check out Florio on Real Exposures– B&H Photo, NYC as he talks about his career as a photojournalist.

Assignments: contact directly (florio@floriophoto.com) or via Marcel Saba at Redux Pictures, NYC

Instagram: @jasonflorio / @jasonflorio.photoprints / @floriophotos

National Geographic Traveller - opening page depicting a young boy fishing from a dug out canoe, in the early morning, on the River Gambia, The Gambia, West Africa. Image ©Jason Florio
National Geographic Traveller – ‘The Gambia’ opening page. Image © Jason Florio

Helen Jones-Florio

Helen Jones-Florio filming in The Gambia, surrounded by small children © Jason Florio
Helen Jones-Florio filming in The Gambia © Jason Florio

Helen Jones-Florio is a photography producer, videographer, writer, and blogger.  She has been traveling to West Africa for almost 20 years and has produced photography assignments around Africa, USA, Mexico, and Europe. She is the co-founder of the Photos Tell Stories photography workshops, and has created and produced extensive content for her expedition and photography workshop blogs. She is currently finishing a book about their 2009 expedition – based around her personal journal entries – and collaborating with Jason and on a book about their 2012-13 expedition.

Published work includes – writing and photography: Adventure Travel Magazine (UK), ‘Wings’ (Arik Airlines in-flight magazine), American Photography’s Pro Photo Daily, Africa Geographic/Safari Interactive Magazine, Travel Africa Magazine (UK), Resource Magazine (USA), Amazing Travel Stories (USA), B Spirit/B There (Brussels Airlines inflight magazine), Concern Universal, NGO, Gambia Experience Magazine (UK), Stellazine (USA), African World Heritage Annual Report.

Instagram: @doors_helenjonesflorio @floriophotos @jasonflorio_photoprints

Helen is also the founder and curator of helenjonesflorio.com online gallery – selling Jason Florio’s limited edition fine art photography prints, along with her long-term series’ of doors, and storefronts, #GambiaDoors, and #DisappearingMalta prints.

Screengrab from Elizabeth Avedon's blog post depicting a hand-painted barbershop, The Gambia, West Africa. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio from #GambiaDoors
Elizabeth Avedon blog: Helen Jones-Florio Doors and Storefronts, The Gambia + Malta

Email us: helen.jones@floriophoto.com if you would like us to hold a Photos Tell Stories: teaching photography – a visual language’ photography workshop with you/your company.

Image © Jason Florio – ‘Makasutu – mecca in the forest’ – Prints are available to purchase from helenjonesflorio.com online gallery

The West Africa connection: Jason and Helen met in The Gambia, many years ago, whilst each was visiting mutual friends. Since 1997, Jason traveled yearly to The Gambia to work on a long-term project about the people who live and work around the sacred forest of ‘Makasutu – the resulting book of this work can be viewed here : Blurb Books.

Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio with a young masquerade troupe, Bakau, The Gambia, West Africa

Together, Jason and Helen have made two West Africa expeditions to produce extensive bodies of photographic, written and video material. In 2009 they made the first recorded circumnavigation of The Gambia by foot – ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush -a 930km African odyssey‘.  In 2012/13 they made the first recorded expedition to document the communities along the 1130km course of River Gambia – ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1130km source-sea African odyssey‘.  In 2014, sponsored by the US Embassy, Banjul they taught a series of ‘Photos Tell Stories workshops to Gambian students – introducing photography as a way to document and share their lives as part of a cultural exchange.

Presentations: Jason And Helen are available for talks and presentations about their expeditions – please email helen.jones@floriophoto.com for information and bookings.

Past presentations include: Foto Care, NYC; Foto Fusion, Palm Beach, Florida; APNY ‘Image Makers’, Apple Store, NYC; Athens Photo Festival, Greece; Mailman School of Public Health, NYC.

Jason Florio – published work. Click imageS below to view slideshow. See more at floriophoto.com

For all Jason Florio fine art photography print inquiries, including a price list, please email helen@helenjonesflorio.com – Founder of ‘helenjonesflorio Gallery – purveyor of fine photographic prints’

'Silafando' - a gift to you on behalf of my journey
Image © Jason Florio ‘Silafando’ – from ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush’
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Image © Jason Florio ‘River Gambia’

Jason and Helen are based mainly in The Gambia, West Africa, covering human rights issues, working on NGO assignments, and personal projcts

Gambia – victims, and resisters


Photo Swindon 2021 – exhibiting ‘River Gambia’ – Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio. Image courtesy of Jennifer Berry/Photo Swindon

Related links:


rivergambiaexpedition – blog

ashortwalkinthegambianbush – blog

One thought on “About the Florios

  1. Hi our International Professional leaders Jackson Frorio & Helen Jones-Florio, I really recommend both of you as our Professions and praying good health through yur international traveling. And how ever through yur hardworking observations through out the world. So good luck!. But Mis to se you all Then wish you happy holiday of The Gambia about Christmas. So good luck-peace days up to the final Christmas Day, I hope you all enjoy it as our International Professional Photographers of world wide. So am behind you as the Smilling Coast Victim member, an He also wish you Happy Merry Christmas and happy new year.

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