COVID 19 London Lockdown. Homelessness. Images ©Jason Florio

COVID 19 London lockdown. Homelessness - a homeless man lies sleelping on the floor at the Southbank. Image ©Jason Florio
COVID 19 London lockdown © Jason Florio


Tuesday 24th March, 2020: The first day of the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s lockdown to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. In Central London the streets were abnormally quiet, it felt as if nearly all of society had been sieved away, and only the homeless were left on the almost deserted streets. London has an estimated 170,000 homeless.

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COVID 19 London lockdown. Homelessness - A woman an wearing a face mask walks past a group of homeless people, in a semi-deserted London street ©Jason Florio
COVID 19 London lockdown © Jason Florio
COVID 19 London lockdown. Homelessness-A lone man reads the newspaper in a deserted Trafalgar Square, London. Image © Jason Florio
COVID19 London Lockdown. Image © Jason Florio



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COVID 19 London lockdown. Homelessness - A lone homeless man walks across a deserted Trafalgar Square, London. Image ©Jason Florio
COVID19 London Lockdown. Image © Jason Florio


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COVID 19 London lockdown. Homelessness - a lone homeless man sits on the street, Central London. Image © Jason Florio
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March 2020 – Currently, physical-distancing in the UK

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Al Jazeera – ‘Still reeling from the Jammeh years, Gambians wait for justice’ Documentary

Al Jazeera: Still reeling from the Jammeh years, Gambians wait for justice‘I Cannot Bury My Father’ Documentary

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A short documentary about the 56 West African migrants forcibly disappeared and killed in 2005 in Gambia by security forces on orders of ex-dictator Yahya Jammeh. The film follows Isaac Mensah, one of the victim’s sons, who shares the family’s account of how his father’s death/disappearance continues to take an emotional toll on the family; and his journey to more answers.

Watch the full documentary – ‘I Cannot Bury My Father’ – Director of Photography, Jason Florio

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Director & Producer – Nana-Jo Ndow/ANEKED

Presenter – Isaac Mensah

Director of Photography – Jason Florio

Assistant Producer & Second Camera – Festus Jackson Davis

Editor – Gabriel Baron

Animator – Alexis Stern

Translator & Advisor – Zusong Tidana

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January-February 2020 – Currently in The Gambia, West Africa

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Photos Tell Stories: Photojournalism Workshop for IOM, The Gambia – with Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio

Photos Tell Stories: Photojournalism Workshop for IOM, The Gambia – field work, with journalists, Soulayman Ceesay and Louise ‘Tina’ Alsan, photographing returnee, Buba. Image © Jason Florio

Our Photos Tell Stories Photojournalism Workshop for IOM, in The Gambia, began last week with a group of young Gambian journalists, selected by the International Organisation for Migration. Our first day, spent in the classroom, included an introduction to photojournalism, and technical skills, with photographer and filmmaker, Jason Florio. He also shared his work of over 18 months aboard a rescue ship – for the NGO, MOAS – where he documented multiple rescues, in the Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea. IOM’s Communication’s Officer, Miko Alazaz, also presented to the class IOM’s ethics of interviewing and photographing returnees of ‘the backway‘.

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Photos Tell Stories: Photojournalism Workshop for IOM. Day 1 – all set up and ready to go. Image © Helen Jones-Florio

“Our workshop with photographers, and filmmakers, Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio, this week allowed photojournalists to learn both technical skills and migration dynamics in The Gambia—then headed out to gather empowering and dignifying photos of returnees.” IOM

Photos Tell Stories: Photojournalism Workshop for IOM, The Gambia. Field work, with Malick Saine, and Bubacarr Jallow – photographing returnees who work as drivers out of Tippa Garage, Bakoteh. Image ©Jason Florio

For the remainder of the week, we headed out with the journalists to interview and photograph young Gambian’s who IOM had helped to come back home from Libya, to The Gambia.

Photos Tell Stories: Photojournalism Workshop for IOM, The Gambia field work, with journalists, Sulayman Ceesay and Louise ‘Tina’ Alsan. Image © Jason Florio
Photos Tell Stories: Photojournalism Workshop for IOM, The Gambia. Field work, with journalist, Isatu Bokum – photographing returnee, Fatou. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio

Huge thanks to all the journalists involved in the Photos Tell Stories photography workshop – who have produced some incredible work, over the past week – and, to IOM for inviting us to present the workshop. Respect and gratitude, to all the returnees, their friends and family, who agreed to share their very personal stories with us, along with allowing the journalists to photograph them.

The IOM Photojournalism Workshop participants, with Jason Florio and Helen Jones-Florio – L-R: HJF, Malick Saine, Louise ‘Tina’ Alsan Davis, Sulayman Ceesay, Bubacar Jallow, Isatu Bokum, Jason Florio, Senegambia Hotel, The Gambia, January 2020

The journalists’ images will be part of a forthcoming IOM photography exhibition, about the returnees who they have aided with their reintegration back into Gambian society – more news on the exhibition date, coming soon.

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The day always starts with coffee! Jason Florio, Helen Jones-FlorioPhotos Tell Stories – with journalist, and photojournalist workshop participant, Isatu Bokum. Lana’s, Bambo Junction, The Gambia

January 2020 – Currently in The Gambia, West Africa

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Fatou ‘Toufah’ Jallow of the #IamToufah movement, The Gambia

Fatou 'Toufah' Jallow - the first woman to speak in public, without hiding her identity, about her rape ordeal with former Gambian president, Yahya Jammeh, at her parents home in The Gambia. Portrait ©Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio #Portraits4PositiveChange
Fatou ‘Toufah’ Jallow – the first woman to speak publically, without hiding her identity, about her rape ordeal with former Gambian president, Yahya Jammeh, at her parents’ home in The Gambia. Portrait ©Jason Florio / Helen Jones-Florio #Portraits4PositiveChange

Fatou ‘Toufah’ Jallow – “If there’s no seat at the table of power – let’s build our own! Our activism makes people uncomfortable because it disturbs entrenched power relations and questions the world as it has always worked. But the world needs change, and the Youth will make it happen” at the United Nations, New York – International Human Rights Day, December 10th, 2019

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‘Gambia – victims, and resisters’

Photographer and filmmaker, Jason Florio, makes a portrait of Fatou ‘Toufah’ Jallow, for our on-going series, ‘Gambia- victims, and resisters’ #Portraits4PositiveChange. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio

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Fatou 'Toufah' Jallow testifies before the TRRC, about being raped by ex-President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia. Image © Jason Florio
Fatou ‘Toufah’ Jallow testifies before the TRRC, The Gambia, November 2019. Image © Jason Florio (prints on exhibition at the TRRC ©Jason Florio/Helen Jones-Florio, from the ongoing series ‘Gambia – victims, and resisters#Portraits4PositiveChange

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