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 :

VQR Prize for Photography
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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The Florios (H & Flo)

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!

The Florios (H & Flo)

Thanks to Virginia Quarterly Review for their support

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Julie Grahame / aCurator – thanks for the support and the donation!

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Thanks Jools! You rock ‘n’ roll the on-line, full-screen images, photography magazine world!H & Flo xxx

Previous press: “I’m not sure how Jason found time to put together a photography book, in between walking the Gambia with a large format camera and going on a 50,000 mile round-the-world assignment, but… he has and ‘Makasutu – Mecca in the Forest‘ looks fabulous” Julie Grahame - aCurator”

Please click on the image below to watch Jason Florio as he explains how you can own one of his fine art photography prints, from a series of images he will take whilst on the River Gambia Expedition 2012:

Looking back – the West Africa connection: Jason Florio’s book ‘Makasutu – mecca in the forest’ featured on aCurator Magazine

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‘Makasutu’ – a series of award-winning black and white portraits of the people who live and work around a sacred forest ‘Makasutu – mecca in the forest’, The Gambia, West Africa – taken over a period of 12 years – by Jason Florio

Jason Florio ‘Makasutu’ I’m not sure how Jason found time to put together a photography book, in between walking the Gambia with a large format camera and going on a 50,000 mile round-the-world assignment, but… he has and “Makasutu – Mecca in the Forest” looks fabulous.‘ Julie Grahame – aCurator

Ensa & Ismaila - Makasutu portraits by Jason Florio

L-R: Ismaila Denba – young Gambian boat captain blowing cigarette smoke from his nose & *Ensa – young Gambian, guide, holding cow head (slaughtered for ‘coming of age’ celebrations), Myork village, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio
*Ensa: In the permanent collection of The Haggerty Museum of Art (Marquette University, Milwaukee, USA)

Over the last few years, (Jason) Florio’s 12-year project of black and white portraits - ‘Makasutu’ - and the color portraits of village chiefs and elders - ‘Silafando’ – from our ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – a 930km African odyssey’ expedition in 2009, have received remarkable attention: press, solo exhibitions, museum acquisitions, and awards. And they continue to receive recognition – the ‘Silafando’ portraits are just about to appear in Travel Africa Magazine’s next edition (on the shelves imminently!)

To help you, the perusers of our humble blog, better understand the strong connection we have towards Africa – West Africa in particular, it seems – leading up to the River Gambia Expedition 2012 (paddles in the water early October – Insh’Allah) every so often, we will feature some of the past press, awards etc., here on the blog.

We hope you enjoy dipping your toes into the past with us.

Abraka baci (thank you – in Mandinka)

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Please click on the image below to watch Jason Florio as he explains how you can own one of his fine art photography prints, from a series of images he will take whilst on the River Gambia Expedition 2012: