Photos Tell Stories tutor and photographer, Jason Florio – nominated for the National Magazine Awards, 2014, USA

We were thrilled to get the news yesterday that Jason FlorioPhotos Tell Stories tutor and photographer – is a finalist for the National Magazine Awards, in the US, for his images from our ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1000km source-sea African odyssey‘; which were featured in the Virginia Quarterly Review : ‘Life on the River Gambia

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Image © Jason Florio – boys playing by the river – ‘River Gambia’
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Image © Jason Florio – Gold miners in South East Senegal : ‘River Gambia’


Well done, Jason!

To read about our tales from the River Gambia journey, please click here. And, to see the whole series of images, check out

More news on the upcoming exhibition for the Photos Tell Stories Gambian workshop students coming soon. Feel to subscribe – in the left hand column – or ‘like’ the PTS’s Facebook page

The Florios – Helen & Jason

H & Flo - we did it!

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

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

More behind-the-scenes images with ‘Photos Tell Stories’ photography workshops, in The Gambia, West Africa

Homage to FujiFilm, USA – thank you for the digital cameras for ‘Photos Tell Stories: teaching photography – a visual language

Image © Helen Jones-Florio

Check out more  in our Behind-the-Scenes FB album and Instagram

Image © Helen Jones-Florio

Slideshow: Gambian photography workshop students – Farafenni Senior Secondary School, The Gambia, West Africa

‘Photos Tell Stories: teaching photography – a visual language

Photographer & tutor – Jason Florio

Workshop producer – Helen Jones-Florio

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The Farafenni Senior Secondary School, Lower River Region, The Gambia –  PTS’s photography workshop students images, edited by Jason Florio, with the students input. Click on any of the images to view the slideshow and credits:


Please check out the other students work, from our Photos Tell Stories photography workshops, here in The Gambia. And, if you are interested in having us come and teach a workshop with you – either one-on-one or a group – please go to Book a Photography Workshop or Presentation for more information (also F.A.Q.), or contact:

Farafenni Senior Secondary School receive their Photos Tell Stories ‘Certificate of Attendance’
Team Farafenni! With FujiFilm USA digital cameras

Big thanks to all our partners and contributors – especially the US Embassy, Banjul,  for giving us the opportunity to hold the inaugural PTS’s workshops here in The Gambia.

The Florios – Helen & Jason

Image © Tyrone Florio, Photos Tell Stories workshop, Kartong, The Gambia
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