Photos for the weekend: exhibition ‘Photographs of The Gambia by Gambians’, West Africa

Above – a small selection of some of sixty creative images from our young Gambian photography students, on exhibit at Alliance Française (until tomorrow, that is!), here in The Gambia, West Africa.

However, after a very successful exhibition opening night  – with national tv coverage/media in attendance – and the subsequent two week run, tomorrow (Saturday 31st May), sadly, it’s time to take down the ‘Photos Tell Storiesphotographs of The Gambia by Gambians‘ .  However, we’ll pack our Gambian photography students prints with great care so that, perhaps, in the not too distance future, we can exhibit them again.

We’ll post more of the students work soon but, in the meantime, please check out  the ‘Students Work‘ and ‘Behind-the-Scenes‘ pages, to what they got up during the photography workshops with myself and, photographer/tutor, Jason Florio.

And, if you are interested in hosting a Photos Tell Stories photography workshop, click here for more details.


The Florios – Helen & Jason

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

Exhibition opening night is upon us! ‘Photographs of The Gambia by Gambians’ + West Africa projection of images from Jason Florio


And so it begins – at last – the installation process for ‘Photos Tell Stories – photographs of The Gambia by Gambians‘ exhibition, in The Gambia.

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A box bursting with creativity and inspiration – 60 of them in total! Thanks to AdoramaPix, NYC, for their support (PTS’s tote bags by Jekkah)


Now… the curating process begins…

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Laying out the images at Alliance Française, The Gambia, West Africa – the venue for the exhibition


The all important part… getting the prints lined up, with PTS’s photographer and workshop tutor, Jason Florio.

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Mounting the Fajara students prints from their ‘Portrait’ workshop


And, that’s all you get to see for now. All will be revealed, over the coming days. Right now, we are still in pre-production mode for tonight’s exhibition opening : Alliance Française, Kairaba Avenue, Kanifing, The Gambia, West Africa – 6-9pm – it’s free and open to all.

For those who can’t make it, you check out some of the students work here, on the blog, or follow us on Twitter and ‘like’ the PTS’s FB page. And, you can always subscribe to the blog – in the left hand column.

We look forward very much to welcoming those of you who can make it!

The Florios – Helen & Jason

P.S. Lest I forget! We’ll be projecting images, on the big screen, tonight only, of Jason’s photography from ‘River Gambia‘, ‘Silafando‘, and ‘Makasutu‘ – along with showing our short film ‘River Gambia Expedition

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‘Photos Tell Stories’ photography exhibition invites are being sent out! Opening night at Alliance Française, The Gambia 16/5/2014

in Partnership with US GAMBIA WORK SHOP -300dpi_ FLAT

exhibition image_student-1Photos Tell Stories – Photographs of The Gambia by Gambians

+ a projection of images

River Gambia’, Silafando‘, &Makasutu

from award-winning photographer, Jason Florio

 Opening night: Friday 16th May, 2014 6-9pm – Alliance Française, Kairaba Avenue, Kanifing, The Gambia.

Free entry – everyone welcome!

Partnering with the US Embassy, Banjul


Based on a series of photography workshops, in The Gambia, West Africa, earlier in 2014 – ‘Photos Tell Stories: teaching photography – a visual language‘, with tutor and photographer Jason Florio and producer Helen Jones-Florio – the exhibition is the culmination of these workshops, to showcase the amazing, and truly inspiring, photography produced by Gambian students, from Fajara, Kembujeh, Kartong, Farafenni, and Soma.

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‘River Gambia‘ © Jason Florio


In the reception area of Alliance Française, the Florios short film – ‘River Gambia’ – will be screened throughout the opening night – which premiered at Photoville 2013, New York, during the River Gambia exhibition.

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Behind-the-Scenes – Jason Florio with the Photos Tell Stories photography workshop students from Kembujeh village, The Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio


Along with exhibiting printed work – around 60 images – from our Gambian photography students, on the big screen in the AF amphitheater, we will be projecting a wider range of the students work from all the Photos Tell Stories  workshops; including behind-the-scenes of the students and Jason Florio at work.


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Image © Alhasan Bah – Soma


The exhibition is open to the public, during AF hours, Fri 16-Sat 31st May

For all updates about the workshops, and our other photography projects, please subscribe to this Photos Tell Stories blog (‘follow’ in the lefthand column of this page); ‘like’ FB; follow Twitter

We look forward to welcoming you on the night of Friday16th May, at Alliance Française, The Gambia.  If you would like us to add you to the guest list, please email

Abaraka bakeh!

The Florios  – Helen & Jason

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Gambia, April 2014


As always, we give a  BIG thank you to all our partners and contributors who helped make ‘Photos Tell Stories‘ happen – especially The US Embassy, Banjul, The Gambia –  Fujifilm, USA; PowerHouse Books, NY, USA; Gambia Experience, UK & The Gambia; Foto Care, NYC, USA; Protronica Ltd, UK; Jekkah – African inspired clothing – made in The Gambia; Qcell, The Gambia; AdoramaPix, NYC, USA.

Team Soma! the students from the Silicon Institute receive their Photos Tell Stories photography workshop certificates


And HUGE thanks to all the awe-inspiring International, professional, photographers who allowed us to share their superb images with our Gambian students, during the workshops (in no particular order – we are equally grateful to all!): Manjari SharmaAmber 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