Gambian Photography workshop students – Friday slideshow

Looking back over some of the marvelous work that our young Gambian students produced, during their Photos Tell Stories Photography Workshops, earlier this year. After running through theory in the classroom, Jason then sent the students out into the field. They came back with some very impressive work – considering the majority of them had never used a camera before – which we exhibited, to a packed gallery, at Alliance Française, here in The Gambia, in May.

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This weekend we will be going back down to Kartong, near the border of Senegal, to carry on with our story about the turtle conservation project, which we started last weekend, where we released 20 turtles into the Atlantic Ocean – an wondrous experience. More on that soon…

Have a great weekend!

The Florios – Helen & Jason

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Jason & Helen at the Photos Tell Stories exhibition venue


Related posts: Jason Florio Teaches the Art of Portrait Photography  and Photos Tell Stories Students Work

Photos Tell Stories – through the lens: Africa by Africans

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We arrived in The Gambia, West Africa, early December, 2013, by invitation from the US Embassy, Banjul, to teach a series of photography workshop – ‘Photos Tell Stories: teaching photography – a visual language‘. Our aim was to show young Gambian students, between the ages of 13-20 years old, how to see their ‘home‘ – the villages and towns which they live – through the eye of a camera. And, more importantly, to show us – as guests on their home turf – how they viewed their environment and how they wanted it to be portrayed.

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Jason Florio – photographer and workshop tutor – YMCA, Fajara, The Gambia, West Africa

After a morning in the classroom, where Jason took them through the history of photography – showing the work of renowned international photographers, past and present – and various techniques, we gave them the cameras and sent them out, to photograph. Most of the students had never used a camera, other than perhaps snapshots with their phones.

The workshops culminated in a very successful exhibition opening at Alliance Française, in May, in The Gambia – where around 200 people, including most of the students from all over Gambia, were in attendance, along with national media.

Photos Tell Stories photography students with Jason Florio (center) and Helen Jones-Florio (right) at the exhibition opening night, Alliance Française, The Gambia, West Africa

If you are interested in hosting a Photos Tell Stories workshop – or have us present our previous work in West Africa (River Gambia Expedition; ‘A Short Walk in The Gambian Bush‘; ‘Makasutu – mecca in the forest‘), please check out ‘Book a Photography Workshop or Presentation with the Florios

The Florios – Helen & Jason

You may also like to check out ‘Students Work‘ and ‘Behind-the-Scenes‘.

Reflecting – Photographs of The Gambia by Gambians

Looking back over the inaugural of  ‘Photos Tell Stories: teaching photography – a visual language workshops, which we taught earlier this year here in The Gambia, West Africa (thanks to the US Embassy, Banjul, for partnering with us).  And, we can happily say that we are still as impressed by the quality of the young students photography – especially because almost all of them had never used a camera before.

L-R: Aisha, Muhammed N, Helen Jones-Florio (PTS’s workshop producer), Haryat, Ya Ida, MMuhammed S, Kadji, Omar, Lucia, Catherine, Florence © Jason Florio, Kombos ‘Photos Tell Stories’ photography students


Photos Tell Storiesphotography workshop: The Kombos region, The Republic of The Gambia, West Africa – students were chosen from various senior secondary schools in the region.

A slideshow selection of work from the  students – taken during their portraiture class with P.T.S.‘s photographer and tutor, Jason Florio, and their ‘Home‘ work assignment:

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Above image © Jason Florio – The Kombos Photos Tell Stories workshop students – following images taken by the students during their ‘Portrait Photography’ class.


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To see more of the Kombo students  work, and their portraiture workshop, please click here and ‘Jason Florio teaches ‘Photos Tell Stories’ Gambian photography workshop students how to photograph each other

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You may also like to check out our ‘Behind-the-Scenes‘ FB page, where you can see Jason Florio and the Photos Tell Stories students during the workshops.



Photos Tell Stories‘ – photography workshop in Kartong, The Gambia : Students were chosen from the Press Club, Kartong Basic Cycle School. Following is a selection of their images.

St Martins School, Kartong, The Gambia, West Africa
Image © Tyrone Florio, Kartong, The Gambia
Image © Malang Jarju, Kartong, The Gambia
Image © Edward Badjie, Kartong, The Gambia
Image © Binta Jarju, Kartong, The Gambia

To view more images from the Kartong Press Club students, please click on the following slideshow:

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Photos Tell Stories‘ – photography workshop in Soma, Lower River Region, The Gambia : Students were chosen from the Silicon Institute. Following is a slideshow selection of their images:

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Silicon Institute, Soma, The Gambia, West Africa
Image © Lamin Saidy – Soma, The Gambia
Image © Nfamara Kinteh
Image © Nfamara Kinteh – Soma, The Gambia


Photos Tell Stories‘ – photography workshop in Kembujeh village, The Gambia: students were chosen from the Aila Senior Secondary School. Following is a slideshow selection of their images.

Aila Senior Secondary School, Kembujeh, The Gambia, West Africa – with the FujFilm, USA, digital cameras


To see more from the Kembujeh photography students, please click here

Image © BUBACAR JARJU, Kembujeh, The Gambia
Image © BUBACAR JARJU, Kembujeh, The Gambia
Image © KADDY JASSEY, Kembujeh, The Gambia


Photos Tell Stories‘ – Farafenni Senior Secondary School, Lower River Region, The Gambia. Click here to view a slideshow of more of the students work

Farafenni Senior Secondary School, Farafenni, The Gambia, West Africa – thanks to FujiFilm USA for the cameras!


Image © Ousman Bah
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Image © Ousman Bah


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Click on above image to view the gallery – to see full gallery if images, please go to Slideshow: Gambian photography workshop students – Farafenni


The culmination of the above workshops was an exhibition of sixty prints – ‘Photographs of The Gambia by Gambians‘ – one print from each student’s collection, at Alliance Française, in The Gambia. The attendance at the opening night far exceeded what we had hoped for – with national media coverage (TV & press).

We look forward to teaching more Photos Tell Stories workshops soon.

The Florios – Helen & Jason


Photos Tell Stories – tote bag design by ‘Jekkah-African Inspired Clothing’ Gambia





Photo of the Day: Gambia by Gambians – ‘The Welder’


Student: Asmau M. Jallow, Farafenni, The Gambia, West Africa – ‘Photos Tell Stories: teaching photography – a visual language‘ with Jason Florio and Helen Jones-Florio.

Photographs of The Gambia by Gambians‘ – 60 prints – is on exhibit at Alliance Française, Banjul, until Saturday 31st May, 2014.

To see more, please click on ‘students work‘.

We’ll be adding more photos, from our young Gambian photography students, over the coming weeks.

The Florios – Helen & Jason

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GRTS – Gambia Radio & Television – coverage of Photos Tell Stories exhibition opening night. Click image or here to view