Youtube: ‘River Gambia’ – scenes from a 1044km source-sea African odyssey – a short film by Jason Florio and Helen Jones-Florio

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Malian Fisherwoman © Jason Florio - ‘River Gambia’

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‘Malian Fisherwoman’ © Jason Florio – ‘River Gambia

YouTube footage © Jason Florio and Helen Jones-Florio – taken from the ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey’

Photoville, 2013, opens today – Thurs 19th Sept! We have a couple of people to thank for getting Jason Florio’s ‘River Gambia’ images up there

 

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VQR Spring 2013 opening page_72dpiBig thanks to Virginia Quarterly Review for their support in helping us to exhibit Jason Florio’sRiver Gambia’ images at this years Photoville, Brooklyn, NY. Florio has been a contributor of the multi award-winning journal for a number of years – and, he was awarded :

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Jason Florio for three pieces:
“Facing Mogadishu” (Winter 2012)
“A Violent Prone, Poor People Zone” (Winter 2012)
“The Black Zone” (Summer 2012)

We were thrilled when we returned from the ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey‘, and VQR approached us about featuring Florio’s images from the journey – in their Spring 2013 edition – pages upon pages of photographs, bringing our journey back to life, in full color : ‘Life on the River Gambia‘ . If you can make it to Photoville, we will have copies of the VQR Spring 2013 edition, plus more, on sale and VQR will be offering a special deal on subscriptions for the duration of Photoville (19-29th Sept).

Pascal.printScreen Shot 2013-09-10 at 11.49.31 AMBig thanks also goes to Pascal Prince of ‘A Small Light Room‘, NYC, for providing us with a large format ‘Ebrima in Fur‘ – just one of Florio’s prints we’ll exhibiting – the little chap (Ebrima, that is) will be at the door of our shipping container, to welcome you, ‘niambara, nimbara!’, into our pop up gallery. Just as he welcomed us to his village of Diagabou. Pascal, former employee of Richard Avedon, has been the master printer, and re-toucher, of our large format prints for many years. Check him out!

We will also have some very special Photoville-only deals on offer – a selection of Florio’s prints from the River Gambia series and more…but, you’ll just have to come on down to check those out. However, we’ll give you a clue as to what we may well have on the table…

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‘Boy in the Mask’ © Jason Florio

Last but definitely not least: Thank you to Photovillers – Laura, Sam, Dave, and all who are making this phenomenal event happen!

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See you at Photoville, Brooklyn, NY, later!  Directions here You can’t miss us – we’re in container number 42 – next to the beer garden! 19-29 September.

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NEW PRESS – just in time for Photoville (thanks, Julie Grahame / aCurator!)

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What’s in the bag, Florio? “The River Gambia!” Photoville, Brooklyn, NY, 2013

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Q: ‘What’s in the bag, Florio?’ A: ‘The River Gambia!’. Of course… Image © helen jones-florio

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A Room with a view – ‘River Gambia’ at Photoville, Brooklyn, NY, 2013 © Helen Jones-Florio

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‘River Gambia’ in the house! Photoville, Brooklyn, NY, 2013 © Jason Florio

At last…the day has arrived. We are here, at the Photoville site in Brooklyn, blue, blue skies and a stunning view of Manhattan, across the East River – which will just get better as the light changes. We’re installing Florio’s ‘River Gambia‘ body of work for it’s first exhibition. We’ll also be previewing a short piece of film footage, which we shot whilst on the journey – ‘River Gambia – 1044km source-sea African odyssey

The site is buzzing, with exhibitors from all around the globe – our neighbors are Dutch and Australian – installing their work in the numerous shipping containers, in readiness for tomorrow’s big opening at 4pm. Photoville/United Photo Industries, Laura, Sam, and Dave, who have the unenviable task or organizing the whole shebang – with help from Gilbert, the dog, and a multitude of very helpful volunteers – are doing a sterling job.

We hope you can make it down. Keep an eye out for ‘Ebrima in Fur’, who will be on our’River Gambia’ shipping container door, waiting to welcome you into our little slice of West Africa. As ever, thanks to Virginia Quarterly Review for supporting us at Photoville, 2013.

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NEW PRESS: check out the ‘River Gambia’ on aCurator! Thanks, Julie Grahame!

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Big thanks to aCurator for featuring Jason Florio’s ‘River Gambia’ series – just in time for Photoville, NY, 2013 opening

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Portrait of Bakary Dabo, the Alkalo of Diagabu Tenda © Jason Florio

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L – Alkalo (village chief) of Karantaba preparing his fishing net in the River Gambia.
R – A young boy with a dead fish and net at the village of Karantaba, The Gambia. © Jason Florio

NEW PRESS:  thanks to Julie Grahame / aCurator for featuring Florio’s ‘River Gambia’ images – and for a great edit.

We’ll be exhibiting many of the images featured, and more, from the series at Photoville, Brooklyn, NY – a photo destination and pop-up village‘ opening this week : Thursday 19th – 4-10pm – running until 29th September.

We hope you can make it!

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Thanks to Virginia Quarterly Review for their support

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Working on sequencing for Jason Florio’s ‘River Gambia’ images – exhibiting at Photoville, Brooklyn, NY, 2013

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Helen Jones-Florio – “I think this one fits here”  (with Jason Florio) of the River Gambia images for Photoville, 2013

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UPDATE: TUESDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER 2013

TWO days to go until Photoville, Brooklyn, NY, 2013, opens its shipping container doors to the public! We are busy preparing the ‘River Gambia’ exhibition – presented by Virginia Quarterly Review: images by Jason Florio and curated by Helen Jones-Florio and Jason Florio.

We’ll be exhibiting images from our ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey‘ – with huge thanks to VQR for their support.

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Pascal Prince – A Small Light Room – working on  the ‘Boy in the Fur Coat’ © Jason Florio

Pascal Prince of ‘A Small Light Room’, NYC, has just finished printing an exquisite 36×54″ of the ‘Boy in the Fur Coat‘, which will be featured on one of the doors, as you enter our shipping container. Thank you, Pascal (formally Richard Avedon’s master printer) for being the master of our large format prints over the years.

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Exclusive to Photoville, we will be screening never-shown-before film footage which we shot whilst on the River Gambia journey – edited by Jason Florio, footage by Jason Florio and Helen Jones-Florio.

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Florio working on the edit for a Photoville exclusive : ‘River Gambia’ film footage

We hope you can make it down to the event – 19-29 September 2013 – please click here for all the details on scheduling. Come by our shipping container and say ‘hi’!

The Florios (Helen & Flo)

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PHOTOVILLE is a new Brooklyn-based photo destination, a pop-up village of freight containers transformed into temporary exhibition spaces, which first took place in the summer of 2012. Photoville featured a feisty mix of exhibitions, lectures, hands-on workshops, night-time projections, a photo dog-run, a camera-flower greenhouse, and a summer beer-garden with food trucks that created a photography destination like no other.

Occupying more than 60,000 sq. feet in the heart of Brooklyn Bridge Park, in its first year Photoville was located on the uplands of Pier 3, along the Brooklyn Waterfront and attracted close to 40,000 visitors over 2 long weekends.

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PHOTOVILLE will return Brooklyn Bridge Park from September 19–29 on the Uplands of Pier 5′

Looking back – those who helped make the River Gambia Expedition possible. Today, our thanks goes to Concern Universal

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Image © Jason Florio for Concern Universal – WASDA Garden, Basse, The Gambia

As we continue to trawl through 1000′s of images and multiple journal entries, for our forthcoming book about the River Gambia Expedition, we’re reminding ourselves of those who helped make our journey possible and, in the case of Concern Universal, adding the comfort and ease of passage factor to the first leg of our road trip down towards the Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea – where we would pay homage to the source of the mighty River Gambia and the true beginning of our West African odyssey. For this, in the age old West African tradition, we bartered.

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Image © Jason Florio for Concern Universal

Before we left The Gambia, for the source, we visited a number of community-based gardens where Florio took photographs for CU – for their ‘Gambia is Good‘ (G.I.G) initiative. In exchange, they supplied us with a vehicle and a driver – Nicolas – to take us over the border into Senegal, with our two canoes, all our gear and our two Gambian team mates, Abdou and Ebou. What could have been a lengthy and expensive nightmare – getting through customs – was made seamless, partly due to being driven in a shiny 4×4, with NGO number plates, and having a huge seriously-important-looking radio antennae sticking out of the hood of the vehicle! We even managed to get the BBC World Service on the way!

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G.I.G van – CU Head Office, Fajara, The Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio

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Jason Florio – shooting for Concern Universal, The Gambia, West Africa © Helen Jones-Florio

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Jason Florio - shooting for Concern Universal, The Gambia, West Africa © Helen Jones-Florio

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Our next stop: GADOH – Gambia Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing © Helen Jones-Florio

In our quest to document the lives of the people and communities whose lives depend on the River Gambia, we had phenomenal support from many, many people and companies. And, we are sure to be coming across more images from everyone who got involved – which we will post as and when.

Please stay tuned for further updates – especially about our River Gambia book!

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P.S. If you are in Brooklyn, New York, between 19-29 Sept, come by and say ‘hello’ to us at Photoville

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PRESS: Flakphoto ‘Making Pictures of People’ – Recent Perspectives on Photographic Portraiture

Flakphoto_chiefsflakphoto2_chiefs‘Making Pictures of People’ Recent Perspectives on Photographic Portraiture Presented by FlakPhoto in association with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Tell us about these pictures – interview with Jason Florio I made these portraits of Gambian Alkalos (village chiefs) and elders during a 42-day, 930km circumnavigation of The Republic of The Gambia, West Africa by foot…” read more here

Big thanks to Andy Adams/Flakphoto for including Jason Florio in ‘Making Pictures of People‘ – featuring the portraits of village chiefs and elders, from our 2009 expedition: ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush - 930km African odyssey‘, which became an award-winning body of work called ‘Silafando’

 

 

Scenes from the banks of the River Gambia – BBC ‘News in Pictures’

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Oyster collectors: Migrant workers from Guinea-Bissau collecting oysters along the shores of a tributary of the River Gambia © Jason Florio

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Senegalese Children from the Toucouleur tribe © Jason Florio

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A Senegalese family from the Toucouleur tribe at their seasonal fishing camp at Carrolls Wharf in The Gambia © Jason Florio

Just a few of the images that picture editor, Phil Coomes – BBC News in Pictures - chose for his recent feature about our ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1000km source-sea African odyssey‘. As we traveled along the River Gambia, from its source in the Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea, to the where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean, in The Gambia,  Florio documented the people we met along the way – all of whom rely on the River Gambia, in one form or another.

For an update of what we are working on at the moment (Aug 2013), please check out this link

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Jason Florio presents his photography at the Bronx Documentary Center, NY

A big thank you to Mike Kamber and Nina Robinson, for inviting us up to the Bronx Documentary Center, NY, last night, where Jason Florio presented his work as a photojournalist – to a group of photography students – and also showed images from our three Gambia-based projects, which we’ve worked on together: ‘Makasutu-mecca in the forest‘, ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – 930km African odyssey‘(+ the blog), and ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1000km source-sea African odyssey(+ the blog).

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Ready to roll © Helen Jones-Florio

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Florio at work – Bronx Documentary Center, NY © Helen Jones-Florio

Afterwards, we were honored to see some of the students presenting current photography, and film, projects they are working on. To say that we were impressed would be an understatement. We saw thought provoking, professional, well-executed work. We could have sat there all night, happy to see all of the students present their work. However, I guess we had to let them go home at some time, and 11.30pm seemed about that time!

Hats off to Mike, and his team at the BDC, for opening their door and being so giving of their time, expertise and experience, for these free workshops. BDC also hold a free film workshop, on Tuesdays (I believe), and Mike said they are considering starting a writing workshop. Please do go and check the center out – they have many other events too, from photo exhibitions to screening nights.

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To get an update of what we are up to as of today (Aug 2nd, 2013), please check out this link.

Photo of the Day: Kids walking to school in the Fouta Djallon Highlands, Gunea

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© Jason Florio - Fouta Djallon Highlands, Guinea-Conakry, West Africa

Random shot of the day: Kids on their walk to school, Fouta Djallon Highlands, Guinea-Conakry. Taken whilst on our way to Labé and, eventually, to the source of the River Gambia – the true start of the ‘River Gambia Expedition

For an update on what’s happening – as of July 2013 – whilst we are back here in New York, please check out this post