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

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Silicon Institute, Soma, The Gambia – ‘Photos Tell Stories’ students receive their photography workshop certificates

‘Photos Tell Stories’ students receive their workshop certificates Silicon Institute, Soma, The Gambia, West Africa

We have just returned from a very productive couple of days in the up-country regions of The Gambia, where we took ‘Photos Tell Stories: teaching photography – a visual language on the road. And, the students we taught have produced some incredible images, of which we will share with you all on here very soon – once we have put an edit together. Speaking of editing…

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Jason Florio edits the Soma Institute students work – to show during the night program (thanks to QCell for the their contribution of the USB dongle and router – being constantly connected has made our job so much easier!) © Helen Jones-Florio . 
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BIG thanks to Foto Care, NYC, we able to give every ‘Photos Tell Stories‘ workshop student a thumb drive to save their images on © Helen Jones-Florio

After each of  1-day ‘Photos Tell Stories’ workshops, in the evening  the US Embassy Banjul team (our main partners – special thanks to Josh Shrager, Papa Njie!) would set up their cinema-sized inflatable screen in a main area of the village or town. In Soma we had a great program – projecting the students work onto the screen for all to see.

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Soma comes out to see the Silicon Institute’s students photography – projected onto a cinema-sized inflatable screen. Images © Jason Florio

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Using the sound system from the embassy,  and DJ’ing West African vibes courtesy of one of our students – Alhasan Bah ( from the Silicon Institute), people were dancing and cheering throughout the screening – it was quite the celebration! We felt very humbled to have played a part in the excitement of the students seeing their images up there on the screen.

When the music stopped, we then screened our River Gambia Expedition footage. The audience seemed fascinated by the moving  images of their country –  along with Senegal and Guinea-Conakry –  portrayed on the huge screen.  I think we could have gone on all night!

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Youtube: ‘River Gambia’ – footage © Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio. Click on image or here to view

Check out the Silicon institute PTS’s workshop students images here

The Florios (Helen & Jason)

In partnership Fotwith the US Embassy, Banjul, The Gambia (tote bag design by ‘Jekkah’ Gambia)

Lets get this show on the road! ‘Photos Tell Stories’ photography workshops goes up-country, The Gambia, West Africa

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Road trip! with Jason Florio and Helen Jones-Florio ‘Photos Tell Stories’ photography workshops, The Gambia Thanks to Mustafa for the ride.

We are taking ‘Photos Tell Stories’ up-country to villages around Farafenni and Soma. We’ll update on the workshops as soon as we can.

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Thanks to ‘Jekkah – African inspired clothing’ for the the fab tote bags (see door of jeep)! And to Q Cell, Gambia for their contribution of the USB stick and router – which allows me to post this from the back of the jeep!

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Helen – workshop producer – Coffee break in Sibanor, on route to Farafenni © Jason Florio
3 1/2 hours in Soma, waiting for the ferry to cross the River Gambia! © Jason Florio

After 3 1/2 hours of waiting in a mile long line, in 90+ degree heat, that wasn’t moving anywhere fast, enough was enough – plus, we did want to get to Farafenni today! – we decided to take the ‘fast track’, as we had watched many other vehicles doing, to the front of the line. You can deduce for yourselves what that means, but lets just say that it involved paying out more Dalassi than we intended to! And, then it was wacky races, with all of those other ‘fast trackers‘, to get to the ferry, and getting our rear tail light taken out by a gilly gilly (local minibus) in the process!

More news soon on the Photos Tell Stories workshops, here up-country .

Fonyato domanding!

The Florios (Helen & Jason)

In partnership with the US Embassy, Banjul, The Gambia

Omar’s Peace Corps Kitchen, The Gambia – feeding ‘Photos Tell Stories’ photography students

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Omar’s Peace Corp Kitchen, at traffic lights (opposite GALP garage), The Gambia – Image © Jason Florio

Venue sorted – the YMCA, Gambia – and now thanks for the heads-up from Peace Corps volunteer, Justin Jewett, about ‘Omar’s Peace Corp Kitchen‘, we have a cook for our Gambian students, during their Photos Tell Stories photography workshop. We’re looking forward to Omar’s chicken yassa for lunch tomorrow – we’ve heard only great things about his cooking!

And, we are now wifi connected, with thanks to QCell, Gambia, for  the E303 USB Stick and Huawei AF23 Sharing Router

Image © Helen Jones-Florio

We’ll be able to update during the workshop, thanks to QCell’s partnership.

More on that once we get started tomorrow morning.

Stay with us!

The Florios

Workshop Photographer: Jason Florio

Workshop Producer: Helen Jones-Florio

Recent press – via SLATE mag – HuffPost Arts & Culture features our ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey‘ . Images © Jason Florio

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