Podcast: Neale James at Photography Daily Show talks to Helen Jones-Florio about Instagram and her #GambiaDoors & #DisappearingMalta longterm project
I have been working on this particular series – #GambiaDoors – for many years. The vividly coloured, unintentionally quirky doors and storefronts from the West African country of The Gambia, never fail to grab my attention. Helen Jones-Florio
The Gambia – Masterclasses, one-one mentoring, workshops, skills enhancement, assignments, and exhibitions with photographers and filmmakers, Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio for ITC/Andandorr Programme.
CAP PRIZE 2021 SHORTLIST: ‘Gambia-victims, and resisters’ – Having worked and lived on and off in The Gambia since 1998, Helen Jones-Florio, my wife and collaborator, and I were personally aware of former President Yahya Jammeh’s control over society. It was not until Jammeh fled into exile in January 2017, after an astonishing election defeat, did the litany of violations under his regime start to come to light. The Gambia has been our second home and we felt it was our duty as documentarians to give face and voice to the victims, survivors, and their families. Despite hundreds of testimonies by both victims and perpetrators at the ongoing Truth Reconciliation and Reparations Commission, many Jammeh loyalists are still in denial of the crimes, he and his cadre are now being accused of. Making it important to keep bringing the victims’ stories to public attention. Jason Florio – photographer & filmmaker