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


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

Photos Tell Stories – Class of 2014, The Gambia, West Africa

Photos Tell Stories – Class of 2014, The Gambia, West Africa (with Helen Jones-Florio) © Jason Florio

Our first day with the Gambian students for the inaugural ‘Photos Tell Stories. Teaching photography – a visual language‘ gave us a good insight into how each of them use the camera – how they see things.

Photos Tell Stories – Class of 2014, The Gambia (with Jason Florio) © Helen Jones-Florio

Jason Florio started with a brief history of photography by showing the students various photographers work, throughout the decades. He covered studio and environmental portraiture, landscape, and the power of telling stories through reportage and documentary photography; along with  exploring photographic techniques with the students.

The students learn how to capture movement © Jason Florio

Jason also included work from our contributing professional photographers – many of whom graciously provided us with images that represent ‘home‘. As an assignment, we will be sending the students home with their cameras tomorrow to produce work that represents ‘home‘ to them. It will be interesting to see what they come back with.

Setting up – the theory – Jason Florio © Helen Jones-Florio
The students get to introduce themselves © Helen Jones-Florio
Portraiture © Helen Jones-Florio (screen images © Jason Florio ‘Silafando’)
Thanks for the photography books, powerHouse, NY – also on the table, including: Raphael Fuchs; Virginia Quarterly Review; Trunk Magazine; Geographical Magazine
Jason shoots with the students © Helen Jones-Florio
Jason demonstrates to the students on how to capture movement © Helen Jones-Florio
Capturing movement © Helen Jones-Florio

We both really enjoyed our first day with the students – they were curious, engaged, and eager to learn – and, looking at the work they have produced so far, there are definitely one or two who appear to have a natural talent with the camera. More on that soon…

Tomorrow we’ll be looking at portraiture photography, in a formal setting, with the students taking portraits of each other. So, please check back again to see how they get on.

Thanks for stopping by.

The Florios (Helen & Jason)

Check out more of Jason’s photography at floriophoto.com

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Photos Tell Stories thanks the US Embassy Banjul, The Gambia, for their support. Other partners and contributors here


Big thanks to our 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