‘Behind-the-Scenes’ with photograher, Jason Florio, and Gambian Photos Tell Stories photography workshop students

Jason Florio with two of our students, Gerald and Ya Ida, documenting beach life, The Gambia, West Africa © Helen Jones-Florio

Please check out our ‘Behind-the-Scenes‘ FB photo album – for regularly updated snap shots of Jason Florio working with the Gambian photography students for ‘Photos Tell Stories: teaching photography – a visual language

Josh Shrager, Public Affairs Officer at the US Embassy Banjul, joins the students and Florio as they edit their work. It’s thanks to Josh/US Embassy that we are able to do the workshops © Helen Jones-Florio
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Florio teaches the art of portraiture at the YMCA with Gambian students, Aisha and Gerald © Helen Jones-Florio
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Day 1 : the students introduce themselves © Helen Jones-Florio
Florio teaches Omar portrait photography – his models/our Gambian students dress up for the occasion © Helen Jones-Florio
Workshop producer, Helen Jones-Florio, gets the cameras ready for another days shooting. Thanks to FujiFilm, USA, for thier partnership © Jason Florio
The end of Day 1: L-R (back row) Lucia, Catherine, Florence, Omar, Muhammed, Jason Florio (front row) Khadjiatou, Aisha, Ya Ida, Haryaz, Muhammed © Helen Jones-Florio

We’ll be posting more of the students images from the initial 4-day workshop very soon. Later this week, we start to take the workshops on the road – for 1-day ‘Village Photography Workshops‘ – to more rural and up-country areas of The Gambia. We’re looking forward to this as it’s these areas that both of us spend most of time in, whenever we travel to the country.

Our first stop will be the small village of Kembujeh – which is in the  area where Jason photographed much of his ‘Makasutu-mecca in the forest series of portraits; taken over a period of 12 years. We’ll no doubt be stopping for tea at fisherman, Abdou Ndong’s compound, in the village – a favorite ‘Makasutu’ subject and great friend of Jason’s over the years.

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Abdou Ndong – Gambian fisherman with a rescued crocodile (Makasutu) © Jason Florio

Abdou was also  one the fishermen who came on the ‘River Gambia Expedition1044km source-sea African odyssey’ (2013-14), along with Ebou Jarju, who is kindly helping us to arrange the photography students for the Kembujeh workshop.

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The Florios (Helen & Jason)

Even we (Jason and Helen) didn’t escape direction from the photography students during their ‘how to shoot a portrait’ day!

Strike a pose! Gambian Photography students learn portraiture with Jason Florio

Going back to Day 2 of Photos Tell Stories: teaching photography – a visual language, it was all about the art of portraiture.

Aisha and Ya Ida

After direction from workshop photographer and tutor, Jason Florio, it was time for our Gambian students to get behind the camera.  And, they were very vocal and clear in directing their fellow photography students. Using Jason’s backdrop, dating back to the 1940’s – which he has used over many years in much of his portraiture work – here are just a few examples of what the students produced that day – we think they did really rather well.


Khadjiatou – AKA ‘African Woman’
We didn’t escape direction either! Photographer, Jason Florio, and workshop producer, Helen Jones-Florio
Muhammed, Kadji, Muhammed, Ay Ida, Omar, Catherine
Florence and Khadji
Muhammed 1, Muhummed 2 and Omar
Lucia and Muhammed

If you would like to see  Jason Florio at work,  with the Photos Tell Stories students, please check out our ‘Behind-the-Scenes‘ FB page.

We’ll be posting more soon about the rest of the above urban workshop, and our plans to take ‘Photos Tell Stories’ on the road  to more rural Gambian villages and towns.

To find out more about how we can bring ‘Photos Tell Stories ‘to you, please contact helen.jones@floriophoto.com

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The Florios (Helen & Jason)

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Gambian photography students show off their ‘Photos Tell Stories’ Jekkah tote bags

Gambian photography students show off their 'Photos Tell Stories'  Jekkah tote bags

Image © Jason Florio – on location at Bakau fishing village, The Gambia, West Africa

BIG thanks to ‘Jekkah – African inspired clothing‘, The Gambia

Photos Tell Stories: teaching photography – a visual language

Photographer/tutor: Jason Florio

Workshop Producer: Helen Jones-Florio

In partnership with the US Embassy, Banjul

What goes on within and outside of the frame: ‘Photos Tell Stories’, with the Gambian students and Jason Florio

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Aisha and Omar by Lucia Mendy – Photos Tell Stories photography workshop, The Gambia

Just a glimpse of the exciting work our Gambian ‘Photos Tell Stories‘ photography workshop students are producing…and this is only day two: portraiture

Fashionistas! Catherine, Kadjiatou (aka ‘African Woman’) and Lucia by Muhammed Sinera – Photos Tell Stories photography workshop, The Gambia
Ya Ida Drammeh by Florence – Photos Tell Stories photography workshop, The Gambia
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Photos Tell Stories photography students, The Gambia – image © Jason Florio

Find out what ‘Photos Tell Stories: teaching photography – a visual language‘ is all about

Photographer/Tutor: Jason Florio

Workshop Producer: Helen Jones-Florio

Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio, Photoville, NY, 2013. Image © Chris Bartlett

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