Gambian photography workshops students, Kartong village, The Gambia – ‘Photos Tell Stories’ with Jason Florio

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Image © Alieu Bojang, Kartong village, The Gambia
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Image © Alieu Bojang, Kartong village, The Gambia

We just returned from the village of Kartong, after teaching another successful ‘Photos Tell Stories‘ photography workshop with students chosen from the Press Club of St Martins Basic Cycle School. Not one of the students had used a digital camera before – although a couple of the students used their phone cameras sometimes.  After a morning of theory, with tutor and photographer, Jason Florio,  in the classroom, we sent them off to photograph the village in which they lived. Yet again, we were captivated by the work that they produced throughout the day. The average age of the students was fifteen years old.

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Image © Binta Jarju, Kartong, The Gambia
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Image © Binta Jarju, Kartong, The Gambia

These are just a few samples of the Press Club students work – which, at the end of their days shoot, they edited with the help of workshop tutor and photographer, Jason Florio.  Then, as we have been doing after all of the Gambian workshops, projected  their images onto the cinema-sized inflatable screen (thanks to Josh and the guys at the US Embassy, Banjul – our main partners for the workshops in The Gambia),  later that evening – to audience of around 150 enraptured villagers!

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Image © Dwada Bojang, Kartong, The Gambia
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Image © Dwada Bojang, Kartong, The Gambia
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The Kartong school Press Club students receive their ‘Photos Tell Stories’ certificates – with thanks to Bobbie Bethall for all her help © Jason Florio
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Image © Edward Badjie, Kartong, The Gambia
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Image © Edward Badjie, Kartong, The Gambia
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Image © Famara Jatta, Kartong, The Gambia
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Image © Famara Jatta, Kartong, The Gambia
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Image © Fatou Manneh, Kartong, The Gambia
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Image © Fatou Manneh, Kartong, The Gambia
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Image © Lucy Njoku, Kartiong, The Gambia
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Image © Lucy Njoku, Kartiong, The Gambia
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Image © Malang Jarju, Kartong, The Gambia
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Image © Malang Jarju, Kartong, The Gambia
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Image © Malang Jarju, Kartong, The Gambia

If you would like to find out more about ‘Photos Tell Stories: teaching photography – a visual language‘ with award-winning photographer, Jason Florio, and producer, Helen Jones-Florio, please check out this link.

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Image © Mariama Tourey, Kartong, The Gambia
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Image © Mariama Tourey, Kartong, The Gambia
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Image © Marie Manneh, Kartong, The Gambia
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Image © Marie Manneh, Kartong, The Gambia

We also had an overseas guest for our Kartong workshop, our nephew, Tyrone Florio; who had recently flown in from the UK. Tyrone is studying photography and decided he wanted to come out and help us with the workshops. However, there is no room for nepotism in the ‘Photos Tell Stories‘ camp as we set Tyrone the same assignment as the rest of our students. We think he did very well too.

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Image © Tyrone Florio, Kartong, The Gambia
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Image © Tyrone Florio, Kartong, The Gambia

Thanks to FujiFilm, USA, for the digital cameras which our ‘Photos Tell Stories’ Gambian students used to produce some very creative, insightful,  and encouraging work. Encouraging, because it has spurred us on to want to do more workshops in West Africa.

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Image © Tyrone Florio, Kartong, The Gambia 

We’ll be adding more work from our other workshops over the coming week – along with ‘Behind-the-Scenes‘ images. In the meantime, please check out what we have up here so far on our ‘Photos Tell Students Students Work‘ page.

Thank you for stopping by.

The Florios

Helen Jones-Florio – Photos Tell Stories producer

Jason Florio – Photos Tell Stories photographer and tutor

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Jason Florio teaches ‘Photos Tell Stories’ Gambian photography workshop students how to photograph each other

For the  four day Photos Tell Stories photography workshop in the Kombos, The Gambia, our young students came from various schools in the region. So, on the first day of the workshop, as a way of getting to know each other, and to familiarize themselves with the FujiFilm digital cameras, photographer and tutor, Jason Florio, asked them to photograph each other – and, he also instructed them to direct their subjects.  Following are just a few examples from the students that first day.

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Image © Aisha P. Njie ‘Kadi’
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Image © Aisha P. Njie – ‘Muhammed S.’ and ‘Little Muhammed N.’
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Image © Aisha P. Njie – ‘Kadi’

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Image © Catherine Mahoney – ‘Jason Florio, Lucia M. and Helen Jones-Florio
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Image © Catherine Mahoney – ‘Ya Ida and Haryat’
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Image © Catherine Mahoney – ‘Aisha N.’

IMAGES © FLORENCE AMPONG

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Image © Florence Ampong – ‘Omar D.’
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Image © Florence Ampong – ‘Helen Jones-Florio’
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Image © Florence Ampong – ‘Omar D.’
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Image © Florence Ampong – ‘Aisha and Catherine’ (cameras – with thank to FujiFilm, USA)

IMAGES © HARYAT

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Image © Haryat – ‘Little Muhammed’
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Image © Haryat – ‘Lucia M.’
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Image © Haryat – ‘Aisha’
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Image © Haryat – ‘Kadi’

IMAGES © KADIJATOU JAWARA

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Image © Kadijatou Jawara – ‘ Catherine M.’
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Image © Kadijatou Jawara – ‘ Muhammed S.’
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Image © Kadijatou Jawara – ‘ Omar D.’

IMAGES © LUCIA MENDY

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Image © Lucia Mendy – ‘Catherine M.’
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Image © Lucia Mendy – ‘Kadi J.’
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Image © Lucia Mendy – ‘Aisha N. and Catherine M.’

IMAGES © MUHAMMED SINERA

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Image © Muhammed Sinera – ‘Photos Tells Stories students and tutor Jason Florio
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Image © Muhammed Sinera – ‘Jason Florio
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Image © Muhammed Sinera – ‘Haryat and Ya Ida’
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Image © Muhammed Sinera – ‘Aisha N. and Catherine M.’

IMAGES © MUHAMMED NJIE

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Image © Muhammed Njie – ‘Jason Florio’
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Image © Muhammed Njie – ‘Aisha N’
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Image © Muhammed Njie – ‘Kadi’
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Image © Muhammed Njie – ‘Omar D’

IMAGES © OMAR DAMPHA

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Image © Omar Dampha – ”Selfie’!
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Image © Omar Dampha – ‘Haryat’
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Image © Omar Dampha – ‘Lucia M and Jason Florio
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Image © Omar Dampha – ‘Photos Tell Stories students and Helen Jones-Florio’
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Image © Omar Dampha – ‘Aisha N. and Catherine M.’

IMAGE © YA IDA DRAMMEH

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Image © Ya Ida Drammeh – ‘Jason Florio and Lucia M’
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Image © Ya Ida Drammeh – ‘Muhammed S. and Muhammed N.’
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Image © Ya Ida Drammeh – ‘Jason Florio’
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Image © Ya Ida Drammeh – ‘Omar D.’
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Image © Ya Ida Drammeh – ‘Aisha N.’
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Image © Ya Ida Drammeh – ‘Aisha N. and Catherine M.’

If you would like to check out more of the students work – from their portraiture workshop, please click here

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Portrait of ‘Kadijatou’ © Ya Ida Drammeh

And, for the ‘Behind-the-Scenes‘ of the photography workshops, we’re uploading images to our Photos Tell Stories FaceBook page on a regular basis – showing the Gambian students and Jason Florio at work (and play!).

Thanks for stopping by…more new and great images from the students coming soon.

The Florios – Helen & Jason

To book a ‘Photos Tell Stories‘ workshop with us – or presentation and slideshow of our ‘River Gambia Expedition‘ and ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush‘ work, please check out the details here

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Image © Julie Grahame / aCurator – The Florios presenting their worlk at Foto Care, NYC, 2013

‘Photos Tell Stories’ workshop#1: Gambian photography students learn the art of portraiture with Jason Florio

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, 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 © 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 photography their interpretation of ‘HOME’ . They returned to the workshop the next day 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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Silicon Institute, Soma, The Gambia – ‘Photos Tell Stories’ students receive their photography workshop certificates

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‘Photos Tell Stories’ students receive their workshop certificates Silicon Institute, Soma, The Gambia, West Africa

We have just returned from a very productive couple of days in the up-country regions of The Gambia, where we took ‘Photos Tell Stories: teaching photography – a visual language on the road. And, the students we taught have produced some incredible images, of which we will share with you all on here very soon – once we have put an edit together. Speaking of editing…

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Jason Florio edits the Soma Institute students work – to show during the night program (thanks to QCell for the their contribution of the USB dongle and router – being constantly connected has made our job so much easier!) © Helen Jones-Florio . 
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BIG thanks to Foto Care, NYC, we able to give every ‘Photos Tell Stories‘ workshop student a thumb drive to save their images on © Helen Jones-Florio

After each of  1-day ‘Photos Tell Stories’ workshops, in the evening  the US Embassy Banjul team (our main partners – special thanks to Josh Shrager, Papa Njie!) would set up their cinema-sized inflatable screen in a main area of the village or town. In Soma we had a great program – projecting the students work onto the screen for all to see.

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Soma comes out to see the Silicon Institute’s students photography – projected onto a cinema-sized inflatable screen. Images © Jason Florio

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Using the sound system from the embassy,  and DJ’ing West African vibes courtesy of one of our students – Alhasan Bah ( from the Silicon Institute), people were dancing and cheering throughout the screening – it was quite the celebration! We felt very humbled to have played a part in the excitement of the students seeing their images up there on the screen.

When the music stopped, we then screened our River Gambia Expedition footage. The audience seemed fascinated by the moving  images of their country –  along with Senegal and Guinea-Conakry –  portrayed on the huge screen.  I think we could have gone on all night!

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Youtube: ‘River Gambia’ – footage © Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio. Click on image or here to view

Check out the Silicon institute PTS’s workshop students images here

The Florios (Helen & Jason)

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In partnership Fotwith the US Embassy, Banjul, The Gambia (tote bag design by ‘Jekkah’ Gambia)

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