An interview with photographer, Jason Florio, for NGO Concern Universal

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Jason had some great questions from Concern Universal guest blogger, Morgan Meeker, including:

You’ve documented the collapse of the World Trade Center – how do you make sense of it scenes like that?‘ Read Jason’s answers to all the questions on the CU site

Profile image of Jason Florio © Helen Jones-Florio


9/11 – Remembering

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Image © Jason Florio – 9/11, NYC

Rewind to: 11th Sept 2001 – I remember being on the #52 bus on the way home, from Nottinghill Gate to Kensal Rise, in London,UK, when I received a phone call from a friend to tell me the staggering news of what was unfolding in New York City – the first tower had just gone down. Little did we know as we watched the news back to back well into the night – until a mutual friend told us the next day – that Jason had been down at the World Trade Center as the towers fell. Thankfully, he is still around to tell the story. His recounting of the hours he spent down there, and seeing his photos, still make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Some years later…

… Jason and I  walked out of our apartment building, off 6th Avenue, NYC, and retraced his route downtown… following the exact path he took, as he ran towards the World Trade Center (as most people were running away from it) on a truly tragic, seminal, day: September 11th, 2001.

Jason photographed, ‘9/11 Redux‘, the same locations that he had shot on ‘9/11/2001‘ – a confluence of two contrasting periods in time… yet, not altogether dissimilar…

All images © Jason Florio

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2012: Patricia Mack with Jason and the photograph he took of her on 9/11 outside Trinity Church, Broadway, NYC – Image by Neville Elder


June 2012: ‘Captain Patricia (Patty) Mack – pictured above – is a retired New York Courts Officer. In 2001, her being a first sponsor – along with her husband Tim – comes with special meaning. I photographed her on September 11th 2001, just a few minutes after she appeared from the rubble of the collapse of the World Trade Center’s south tower. We had not communicated since that life changing time, but we were recently re-acquainted when she kindly agreed to be in the documentary I have been working on with my colleague, Neville Elder about our experiences photographing that tragic dayJason Florio – See more on Vimeo: ‘Return to Ground Zero’ (currently in post-production).

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Vimeo: ‘Return to Ground Zero‘ – click here to view (image ©Jason Florio)


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To view then and now: ‘New York City 09.11.2001‘ & ‘9.11 Redux

In remembrance to all those who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001.

Jason & Helen Florio

Photos Tell Stories – an anthology, Part 1 – photographs by Jason Florio

In November, 2013,  before we headed down to The Gambia, West Africa, to present our first ‘Photos Tell Stories‘ photography workshops, Jason was invited to exhibit his award winning portraits of village chiefs, ‘Silafando‘ – taken whilst on our ‘Short Walk in the Gambian Bush 930km African odyssey‘ – at the Athens Photo Festival (APhf:15), Greece, along with presenting a slideshow of his work –  which spans over fifteen years.

As a photographer, his work has taken him around the world – covering a wealth of subject matter.  Therefore,  it was a tough edit for him. However, his time on the stage at APhf was limited – which helped somewhat, in narrowing down what he had time to show.

All of the following photographs tell a story… many of which are just as relevant in today’s world, as they were when originally shot.

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All images © Jason Florio

Image# 1-5 – ‘Two Short Walks‘  Afghanistan, 2000 & 2001

Image# 6-9 – ‘New York City – 09.11.2009

Image# 10-14 – ‘Human Terrain‘ Afghanistan, 2009

Image# 15-17 – ‘Ghosts of the Civil Dead‘ Ethiopia, 2006

Image# 18-21 – ‘This is Libya‘, 2004

An anthology, Part 2, coming soon.

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Helen & Jason Florio

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L-R: Janneh, Jason Florio, Alkalo (village chief), Dadi Bah, Helen Jones-Florio – taken whilst on ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush’  expedition, 2009


P.S. More news too on the new projects we’ll be carrying in with when we head back down to West Africa on a few weeks… soon.