‘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
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)
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: