Exhibition – photographs of The Gambia by Gambians + a projection of images by Jason Florio

Photos Tell Stories‘  exhibition

photographs of The Gambia by Gambians

Opens Friday May 16th – 6-9pm – at Alliance Française, Kairaba Avenue, The Gambia, West Africa.

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With thanks, as always, to our main partners, the US Embassy, Banjul, we are delighted to host the forthcoming exhibition of around 60 prints (thanks to AdoramaPix, NY for their support) from our young Gambian  Photos Tell Stories photography workshop students.

Also, on the opening night, we’ll be projecting images from three other major West Africa projects – images by PTS’s tutor and award-winning photographer Jason Florio – from ‘River Gambia‘, (1044km source-sea African odyssey) ‘Silafando‘ (A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush), and ‘Makasutu – mecca in the forest‘:

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We had some great support for Photos Tell Stories – all of whom made the inaugural photography workshops in The Gambia possible. So, with thanks to all our partners and contributors:

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We also had some phenomenal  – and truly inspiring for our Gambian students –  images to share throughout all the workshops, thanks to a highly accomplished bunch of professional photographers:

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During the opening night, we’ll be screening our short film from ‘River Gambia‘, footage taken during our 1044km source-sea journey – from the source of the mighty African river in the Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea-Conakry, into Senegal, and onto where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean in The Gambia.

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Click on image to view River Gambia film


We look forward to welcoming you all to the opening night, Friday 16th May. However, if you can’t make it, we will be posting photos galore from the event. If you want us to keep you updated, please subscribe to the blog (lefthand column), ‘like’ our FB page, or follow us on twitter


The Florios – Helen & Jason

Flo_HJF Alliance Francaise

Exhibition – ‘Photos Tell Stories’ – Gambian photography students prints are on route, thanks to AdoramaPix, NYC!

We are getting nearer to setting a date for the Photos Tell Stories photography workshops students exhibition, here in The Gambia. We want to welcome on board –  and give huge thanks to to one of our local photography stores – AdoramaPix, in New York, for partnering with us  – the shipment of prints is on route to West Africa!


Here is a taster of the fine work we’ll be exhibiting, from our Gambian students:

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We also want to thank all our other partners and contributors– all of whom have helped to get to where we are now: US Embassy, Banjul, The Gambia; FujiFilm, USA; powerHouse Books, USA;  Gambia Experience, UK; Foto Care, USA; Protronica Ltd, UK; Jekkah – African inspired clothing, The Gambia; Qcell, The Gambia. And, a whole list of phenomenal 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.

This week, we hope to visit a central venue which will be perfect for the exhibition and event night – where we will be able not to exhibit the prints, but also show a slideshow of images, on a big screen, from all the work produced during the workshops we held here in The Gambia; along with Jason Florio’s work from our two West Africa expeditions. If you want to receive updates on how things are progressing, simply subscribe (in the left hand column) by entering your email address. You may also ‘like‘ our PTS’s FB page or follow us on twitter

Thanks, as ever, for stopping by

The Florios – Helen & Jason

Photos Tell Stories : teaching photography – a visual language


Image © Gerald Soweh
Image © Gerald Soweh – Even the photography tutor, Jason Florio, and workshop producer, Helen Jones-Florio, can escape the portrait session!

Thanks to our partners and contributors for ‘Photos Tell Stories’ photography workshops in The Gambia

We’ve had tremendously generous support from our partners and contributors for the inaugural ‘Photos Tell Stories: teaching photography – a visual language‘ workshops in The Gambia, West Africa.

Today, we want to thank just a couple of them –  more thanks coming soon, to everyone else who helped make the workshops a great success.

Protronica Ltd, UK – Hyperjuice External Battery – Jason Florio in his ‘office’

In a country where there are at least one or two power cuts each day (where there is electricity in the first place) these HyperMac batteries, from Protronica, UK, have been served us over and over again – from charging our Mac laptops to our mobile phones. Protronica have been longtime supporters of our West Africa projects – they supplied us with the HyperMac batteries for the River Gambia Expedition, 2012-13.  Thank you Protronica!

powerHouse, USA

Big thanks to powerHouse Books, Brooklyn, NY, for donating a stack of great photography books for our Gambian students to peruse during the workshops. They generated much excitement amongst our young students. So, we hope to try and ship more books over, in the near future,  to build up a photography book reference library – which will be accessible to everyone who is interested in photography here in The Gambia.

powerHouse Books in the Photos Tell Stories classroom, YMCA, Fajara, The Gambia

And…the workshops would not have happened without the support of the inimitable Josh Shrager, Papa Njie, and all at the US Embassy, Banjul, The Gambia. Huge gratitude goes to these guys for partnering with Photos Tell Stories – from our initial meeting with Josh, casually talking all things photography,  over a year ago, to the fruition of the first workshop in January 2014.

Josh Shrager sits in on the edit with Jason Florio and the Fajara Photos Tell Stories students

More thanks to all those who believed in Photos Tell Stories coming soon. In the meantime, please check out our partners and contributors page.

Last but definitely not least, please do check out some very inspiring work from our young Gambian students here.

The Florios – Jason & Helen

PTS’ Tote bags by ‘Jekkah – African inspired clothing:’ made in The Gambia

Random photo of the day: Photos Tell Stories Gambian students ‘Home’ photography assignment

As part of the ‘Photos Tell Stories’ 4-day photography workshop, in The Gambia, our young  students  were given an assignment: ‘Home‘.

During the workshop, photographer and tutor, Jason Florio, showed ‘Home‘ work from our contributing international photographers – such as Ben Lowy, Amy Toensing, Wayne Lawrence, Manjari Sharma, and Heloise Bergman – we then asked our students to take the cameras and photograph what means ‘Home‘ to them.

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Image © Muhammed Njie, Fajara, The Gambia

To see more of great ‘Home‘ work from our Gambian students, please click here.

Jason shows the PTS’s students the work of New Zealand photographer, Heloise Bergman ‘‘Tā Moko – Modern Māori Warriors’

We are now working on an exhibition of the students work, to be held here in The Gambia – date to be confirmed. Please subscribe (in the left hand column) if you would like to receive updates.

Thanks s always for stopping by

The Florios – Helen and Jason

Photos Tell Stories tote bags by ‘Jekkah – African inspired clothing‘ – made in The Gambia