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!

The Florios (H & Flo)

Thanks to Virginia Quarterly Review for their support

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Photoville, NY, 2013 – countdown to opening night and the first exhibition of ‘River Gambia’ images by Jason Florio

 

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UPDATE: Monday 16th September 2013

Thursday 19th September and we will be opening our shipping container doors to the public, at Photoville, to exhibit - for the first time‘River Gambia‘ presented by the Virginia Quarterly Review: images by Jason Florio and curated by Helen Jones-Florio. The fruits of our recent West African journey, in November 2012-January 2013 – ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey‘ – that took us through three countries: over-landing in beat up 4×4′s, up and down mountains on the backs of motorcycles, and dodging pissed-off hippos as we canoed the mighty River Gambia!

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Men from the Fula tribe swim their horses across River Gambia next to a local ferry at the village of Karantaba where the famous Scottish explorer, Mungo Park set off for two of his journeys 200 years ago in search of the Niger river. Image © Jason Florio

We’re also finalizing an edit of an exclusive-to-Photoville footage which we both shot whilst our River Gambia journey. And…we will be offering stupendous deals on a couple of Jason Florio’s fine art photography prints – for the duration of Photoville only. There will be limited stock available. So, first come, first served!

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‘Boy in the Mask’ © Jason Florio – will be available to purchase at a special ‘Photoville only’ price

Again, its with huge thanks to VQR for their support of the ‘River Gambia’ body of work – they ran a lengthy feature in the Spring 2013 edition of the journal.

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Thank you, VQR!!

If you are in New York between the 19-29th September, please stop by and say ‘hello’ to us. There promises to be some phenomenal exhibitions going on, over the two long weekends, along with workshops, talks, screenings…check out the Photoville schedule page. However, to name but a few which we personally can’t wait to see: aCurator presents Jim Mortram’s ‘Small Town Inertia‘ ; Chris Hondros Fund presents ‘Liberia: Remembering‘; PDN presents ‘The Great Outdoors‘; Indie Photobook Library presents ‘A Survey of Documentary Styles in Early 21st Century Photobooks‘…and aCurator panel, presented and moderated by Julie Grahame and Stella KramerPersonal Projects, Long Term Commitment‘; Andy Adams/Flak Photo ‘On-line Photographic Thinking‘; ‘Collecting Photography‘ panel…and, and, and…way too many more to mention!

We’re excited!! You’d be mad to miss Photoville!!

The Florios (H & Flo)

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!

The Florios (H & Flo)

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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‘Swimming Horses’ by Jason Florio – ‘River Gambia’ presented by VQR at Photoville, NY – Sept 19-29

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Swimming Horses‘ crossing the River Gambia, Karantaba, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

Just one of Jason Florio’s ‘River Gambia‘ images – presented by VQR – which we will be exhibiting at Photoville 2013. From the series of images taken whilst on the ‘River Gambia Expedition - 1044km source-sea African odyssey‘.

Swimming Horses‘ is also available to purchase – sizes range from 8×10″ (unlimited edition) – 40×50″ (limited editions). Please visit our website gallery for details and both color and black and white collections: Florio Fine Art Photography Prints.

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The countdown - as of 5th Sept, 2013

See you at Photoville!

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‘River Gambia’ presented by VQR at Photoville, Brooklyn, NY, 2013 – exclusive film footage

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Dawn – Florio, River Gambia, The Gambia, West Africa – clip from footage by Helen Jones-Florio

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Hippo sighting! Helen and the River Gambia Expedition team, Senegal, West Africa – clip from footage by Jason Florio

Monday 1st September 2013

It’s Labor Day and we are working – hard!

Not in any particular order: wonder, amazement, joy, laughter, love, elation, peace, fear (that’ll be the multiple hippo encounters!), frustration, patience, helplessness, sorrow… pretty much sums up our state of mind, moods, and emotions that we relive – wading through hours of video footage that both Florio and I shot, whilst on our recent ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey‘.

We’re putting together an exclusive piece – to accompany Florio’s ‘River Gambia‘ series of images which we’ll be exhibiting (thanks to VQR for their support!) – for this years Photoville, in Brooklyn, New York.

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We hope that you can make it to Photoville – held over two long weekends – 19-29 September.

More updates coming soon!

The Florios (H & Flo)

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VQR – ‘Life on the River Gambia’. To view some of the images we’ll be exhibiting at Photoville, please click here: Jason Florio

Photoville, Brooklyn, NY, 2013 – VQR presents ‘River Gambia’ – images by Jason Florio, curated by Helen Jones-Florio

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Photoville Brooklyn NY 2013 – click image to visit the website

We are honored to be part of Photoville 2013 – where we will be exhibiting Jason Florio’s ‘River Gambia’ body of work. The images are from our ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey’.

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Photoville – schedule of events, 2013 (click on image to visit website)

Over 40 exhibitions, 7 photo screenings, 30 talks, 20 workshops, community events, ALL FREE, plus food & beer garden

And, it’s with huge thanks to the Virginia Quarterly Review for supporting our exhibit at Photoville 2013.  Florio has been a contributor to the multi award-winning literary journal since 2009. So, when we returned to New York from the river in West Africa, we were thrilled when the publisher, Jon Peede, approached us about running a feature on the new images, from our journey. And, just imagine our delight when the proofs came through to us and that VQR were running 18 pages of images, on line and in their printed journal! The layout was quite beautiful too – wondrous to see our long journey in print.’Crikey, did we really do all that?!’

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‘Established at the University of Virginia in 1925, the Virginia Quarterly Review has won six National Magazine Awards in the past decade—more than any literary quarterly in the nation. VQR has published work from 17 Nobel Laureates and more than 50 Pulitzer Prize winners. The magazine publishes photography, photojournalism, nonfiction, fiction, poetry, translations, art, reportage, and criticism. Its many honors include selection as a finalist, National Magazine Award for Photography, 2012; winner, Overseas Press Club Best Use of Online Video, 2011; winner, National Magazine Award for Multimedia Package, 2011; and winner, National Magazine Award for News Reporting in the Digital Medium, 2010. In recent years, VQR has published photography portfolios by Nadia Shira Cohen, Maisie Crow, Jason Florio, Aaron Huey, and Ed Ou, among others. In addition to the print magazine, VQR has online readers in more than 200 countries.‘ Courtesy of VQR

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Cover: Jason Florio - ‘Facing Mogadishu’

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

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Ebou, Abdou, Helen & Florio – the source of the River Gambia, Fouta Djallon Highlands, Guinea

So much has happened since we set out to pay homage to the humble source of one of Africa’s last major free-flowing rivers – the River Gambia – naught but a puddle, high up in the Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea-Conakry, in West Africa, in December of 2012.  We then went on to paddle the river from Kedougou, Senegal, to the where the river meets the immense Atlantic Ocean, in The Gambia itself ,on January 12th, 2013; the smallest West African country on the continent, named after the mighty river.

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VQR – Life on the River Gambia. Images © Jason Florio (the source of the River Gambia – opening page)

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Mission Accomplished! The River Gambia team, Denton Bridge, The Gambia, West Africa – where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean

At this years Photoville, again, with huge thanks to our supporter, VQR our 20 foot shipping container/photo gallery will be amongst such esteemed company as aCurator, Time Lightbox, Douglas Ljunkvist, Jim Mortram, Nina Berman, American Illustration, Pete Brook, Indie Photobook Library, Magnum Foundation, V11, Chris Hondros Fund, The Open Society Foundation…check out the more on the Photoville website

Photoville – here we come!! More updates to come, about what else we’ll be exhibiting in our container.

Please stop by and say hello. We’d both love to see you. Sept 19-29, 2013

The Florios (H & Flo)

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Thanks to Peli Products UK for keeping our gear dry on the River Gambia!

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Florio oversees our precious cargo on the start of what would be a very long seafaring journey indeed- including the ‘1690′ Peli Product UK case – Redcoat depot, Nr Gatwick Airport, UK – Oct 2012. Image © Helen Jones-Florio

As Florio and I shift through hundreds of images, to see what we want to put in our forthcoming book about the ‘River Gambia Expedition‘ (it’s a difficult task – every single image has it’s own story to tell), it’s reminding us of all those companies who supported our journey. We just came across some of these images: Peli Products UK – their ‘rugged, watertight, dustproof, crushproof, buoyant, corrosion-proof‘ cases ensured that our cameras, batteries, laptops, hard-drives, journals, communication devises, etc., didn’t get ruined if they got inadvertently dumped in the river – which is what almost happened on our first day in the water!

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‘The Twins‘ (Ally 811 canoes) into the River Gambia for the first time, Kedougou, Senegal

Even though we had to leave for the expedition, without our big 1690 Peli case of gear – due to the case getting ‘lost’ for almost three months, somewhere between Belgium and Banjul Port – we still had our two rugged  Peli 1520 cases and the Peli head torces – invaluable when trying to find a place to pee in the middle of a moonless night in the African bush!

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And, of course for reading when there is no electricity (which was most of the time) – Helen and her Peli head torch, Kedougou, Senegal © Jason Florio

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Our 1520 Peli Product UK cases also make great seats! Image © jason FlorioSila Kounda, Senegal

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Florio and the 1520 Peli Product UK cases, New Years Eve in Basse, The Gambia, West Africa © Helen Jones-Florio

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The day before last – Florio with our 1520 Peli Product UK cases, Bonto, The Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio

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A sight for sore eyes – the 1690 Peli Product UK case – we thought we would never see you again! The Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio

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It’s been a long journey back to Gatwick – Feb 2013 – this time weren’t letting that Peli UK 1690 case out of our sight!

I’m sure we’ll come across many more of the great cases in action but, in the meantime, HUGE THANKS to Gill Lack and all at Peli Products UK for their support of the ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1000km source-sea African odyssey

Now…we wade through more images and journal entries for the book – we’ll post a few taster’s here and there, plus we’ll be posting more thanks to the other businesses who helped us along the way. And, we haven’t forgotten all those people who donated in exchange for prints! To you lot, we are eternally thankful.

Respect

The Florios

National Geographic Traveler – Travel Portraits—Week 12 Gallery: Jason Florio

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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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