International Women’s Day 2018

Silafando portraits - Female village chief, Fatou Dansu, of Kabba Kama, Gambia ©Jason Florio
The village chief (‘alkalo’), Fatou Dansu, of Kabba Kama, Gambia ©Jason Florio. We met and stayed with Fatou in 2009  (she was, at that time, one of only 5 female chiefs in the Gambia) – a strong advocate in the fight to eradicate FGM (female genital mutilation)

 

International Women’s Day 2018

Celebrating just a few of the incredibly inspiring women we have met, over the years, and photographed on our travels, and photography assignments.

 

Human rights lawyers, with their client, Jugana Suso: L-R: Hawa Sisay Sabally, Rachel Yvonne Mendy, Juguna Suso, Yassin Sanghor © Helen Jones-Florio (2nd Camera)
Human rights lawyers, with their client, Jugana Suso: L-R: Hawa Sisay Sabally, Rachel Yvonne Mendy, Juguna Suso, Yassin Sanghor © Helen Jones-Florio (2nd Camera on ‘We Never Gave Up – stories of courage in Gambia‘)

 

Selam Tsfay from Eritrea rescued from a wooden boat carrying 369 people - portrait ©Jason Florio
Selam Tsfay from Eritrea rescued from a wooden boat carrying 369 people ©Jason Florio – ‘Destination Europe: out at sea

 

A village soap production collective in Ghana helping local women support their families ©Jason Florio for United Purpose, NGO
A village soap production collective in Ghana helping local women support their families ©Jason Florio for United Purpose, NGO

 

Sonia Pierre -Executive Director of the human rights organization, the Movement for Dominico-Haitian Women (Movimiento de Mujeres Dominico-Haitianas, MUDHA) © Jason Florio
The late Sonia (Solange) Pierre –Executive Director of the human rights organization, the Movement for Dominico-Haitian Women (Movimiento de Mujeres Dominico-Haitians, MUDHA) © Jason Florio

 

Ladies from the Santa Yalla kaffo - a collective that harvests rice for a landowner near River Gambia at Kaur. The earn 30 dalasis a day - 80 US cents ©Jason Florio
Ladies from the Santa Yalla kaffo – in the rice fields, Kaur, Gambia ©Jason Florio

 

January 2013: Kaur, The Gambia, West Africa. Members of the Santa Yalla kaffo (group) take a moment between harvesting rice from the fields, which are irrigated by the River Gambia. They are paid 30 Gambian Dalasis a day (80 US cents). River Gambia Expedition

Interviewing ex-Mile2 prisoner, Ngoi Njie, The Gambia, West Africa ©Helen Jones-Florio
Interviewing ex-Mile2 prisoner, Ngoi Njie, The Gambia, West Africa ©Helen Jones-Florio

 

And, not forgetting, all those young girls who keep me company, and make us smile and, very often, laugh out loud wherever we go in the world…we salute you, too.

Our constant companions, during our walk around Jinack Island, Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio
Our constant companions, during our walk around Jinack Island, Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio

 

Girls just wanna have fun, Kemoto Point, Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio
Girls just wanna have fun, Kemoto Point, Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio

A photographer’s take: in conversation with a humanitarian storyteller – Jason Florio

NGO, United Purpose, interview Jason Florio, about his work with them over the last few years, and other documentary photography

Unaccompanied minor, Eritrean, Henock, onboard rescue ship, leads refugees in song of thanks ©Jason Florio
Unaccompanied Eritrean minor, Henock, onboard rescue ship, leads refugees in song of thanks. ©Jason Florio

 

UP: Do you have a favourite photograph?

Jason Florio:It’s a bit like asking someone trying to choose their favourite child (and feeling pangs of guilt!). But I love this image of HenoCk (pictured above), a 14-year-old boy from Eritrea who was rescued in the Mediterranean. During the voyage on the NGO rescue ship, he led other Eritrean refugees in songs of thanks for being saved. A year later, I met him in Zurich for a film I was making… Read more on the UP blog
Photographer, Jason Florio ©Lamin Ndong
Photographer, Jason Florio. Photo credit: Lamin Ndong

 

See more of Florio’s work with NGO’s

LensCulture Exposure Awards 2018 – Winners, Finalists, Jurors’ Picks

Congratulations, Jason Florio – Jurors’ Pick – for ‘Destination Europe

Magnum Photography Awards 2017/Lens Culture - image © Jason Florio - migrants and refugees emerging from the bowels of a over-packed wooden boat in the Mediterranean Sea
Migrants and refugees emerging from the bowels of an over-packed wooden boat in the Mediterranean SeaImage © Jason Florio ‘Destination Europe’ Magnum Photography Awards 2017

 

Mazie Harris – Assistant Curator of the Department of Photographs Getty Museum

‘Amidst ongoing debates over immigration and refugees, I found myself returning repeatedly to Jason Florio’s portfolio. Through thoughtful compositional choices, a careful selection… ‘read more on the Lensculture Exposure Awards – Winners & Finalistspage

Magnum Photography Awards Winners / LensCulture Exhibition, London, UK

Jason Florio, Magnum Photography Award 2017, Photojournalism Series Winner, with David Hurn (Magnum Photos), Jim and Millie Casper (LensCulture)

We were both extremely honoured and excited to meet David Hurn, Magnum Photos, and Jim and Millie Casper, LensCulture, the other night, at the private viewing of the Magnum Photography Awards Winners 2017 exhibition on the Media Wall, The Photographers Gallery, London.

Jason Florio 'Destination Europe' The Media Wall Exhibition, The Photographers Gallery, London ©Helen Jones-Florio
Jason Florio ‘Destination Europe’ The Media Wall Exhibition, The Photographers Gallery, London ©Helen Jones-Florio

 

Magnum Photography Awards Winner 2017 - Ramona Decker talks to Jim Casper, LensCulture, The Photographers Gallery, London
Magnum Photography Awards Winner 2017 – Ramona Decker talks to Jim Casper, LensCulture, The Photographers Gallery, London ©Helen Jones-Florio

 

Check Florio’s ‘Destination Europe‘ series on his website: floriophoto.com

Press: The Guardian - images © Jason Florio 'Destination Europe' Magnum Photography Awards 2017 - Photojournalism Winner
Press: The Guardian – images © Jason Florio ‘Destination Europe’ Magnum Photography Awards 2017