PRESS: Virginia Quarterly Review
Related work, by Jason Florio:
We were thrilled to get the news yesterday that Jason Florio – Photos 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‘
Well done, Jason!
The Florios – Helen & Jason
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.
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.
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.
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
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