‘River Gambia’ – back to Photoville, Brooklyn, NY, Part 2 – shipping container doors open again this week

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Jason Florio’s fine art prints available to purchase at Photoville + editions of VQR © Jason Florio

We both had a fine old time during the first four days of Photoville 2013. It was a great to see so many friends (over and over again during the 4 days – what a treat!) and we made some new ones too. With ‘Ebrima‘ welcoming people into our container pop-up gallery, we were completely bowled over by everyone’s reaction to the River Gambia work, along with the footage we filmed from the journey. Check it out on Vimeo

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Premiering at Photoville, 2013 – ‘River Gambia’ footage by Jason Florio & Helen Jones-FlorioVimeo

Florio’s fine art photography prints also garnered much attention – particularly our exclusive-for-the duration-of-Photoville offers on 8×10″, 11×14″ and 16×20″ prints. Amongst the best sellers, from Jason Florio’s ‘River Gambia‘ series were:

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‘Ebrima in Fur’ – of course! © Jason Florio

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Close runner up – ‘Boy in the Mask’ © Jason Florio

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‘Swimming Horses’ © Jason Florio

From the black and white, Makasutu, collection – portraits which Florio made over a period of 12 years, traveling to The Gambia (the later one’s which I had the honor of working with him on):

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‘Abdou with Rescued Crocodile’ and our River Gambia team mate © jason Florio

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‘Ismaila on his horse, Jumpex’ © Jason Florio

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‘Painted Face’ © Jason Florio

We’ll have more prints available to purchase, at the Photoville-only offer, whilst stocks last that is! We’re also offering 30% off the usual print prices, for those who can’t make it to Photoville, for the duration of Photoville (ends 8.30pm EST Sunday 29th Sept, 2013). Please contact me for the details: helen.jones@floriophoto.com

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The River Gambia doors will reopen to the public Thurs 26th at 4pm-10pm – Sunday 29th Sept at 12 noon-8.30pm

Photoville Part 2 – Come along to and venture into our mighty African river journey – ‘River Gambia-1044km source-sea African odyssey‘ – Presented by the Virginia Quarterly Review - We’ll both be there to show you the way…

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The ‘official’ Florios Photoville 2013 portrait © Chris Bartlett

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Day 1: ‘River Gambia’ opens wide it’s shipping container doors – Snapshots from Photoville 2013, Brooklyn, New York

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Opening time at Photoville – Astrid Verhoef (our Dutch neighbor) from ‘Keep on Dreaming‘ gets ready to welcome the press and public. 

Day 1: ‘River Gambia‘ at Photoville, 2013 – Brooklyn, New York (how to get here)

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First – and very welocme – guests, Andre Washington and his daughter, Aziza

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Exclusive to Photoville, 2013 – ‘River Gambia’ footage © Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio

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Our lovely friends come along to support: Amber Terranova, Sari Goodfriend, Oskar Landi (we missed you, Lesley Noville!)

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Photoville nightly slideshows – oerlooked by a very impressive Manhattan skyline

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Post 1st day at Photoville – some much needed r ‘n’ r : Oskar (in his element, playing Bocce), Florio (what are you doing with that scarf, Flo?) and Amber (shows the boys how to do it!) at Floyds, Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn

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The Gothamist at Photoville 2013 – image © Jason Florio ‘Hawa – rice cutter’ ‘River Gambia

And, thank you so much to Chris Bartlett for taking our portrait yesterday – ‘The King and I’ springs to mind..we are honored, Chris x

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Florio and H – with ‘Ebrima in Fur’ – Photoville 2013, Brooklyn, NY

See you at Photoville!

The Florios (H & Flo)

P.S. come and check out our exclusive-to-Photoville-ONLY ‘Jason Florio’ print offers, from our three West Africa journies: ‘River Gambia‘, ‘Silafando‘, and ‘Makasutu

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The things we get up to: The day we met Her Excellency AJA Dr Isatou Njie-Saidy – Vice President of The Gambia – in New York City

L-R: Fanta Kaba, Ambassador Mamadi Touré, Florio, Rockyatou Diallo – Guinea Consulate, NYC. Image © Helen Jones-Florio

A big part of our planning for the River Gambia Expedition 2012 is to make contact, and meet wherever possible, the ambassadors or cultural attaches of the three West African countries we will be travelling through: Guinea, Senegal and The Gambia. This enables us to give them a heads up on what exactly we will be doing, as we pass through each country and, hopefully, we’ll come away with a ‘letter of introduction’ from each embassy.

In June this year, before we left New York to come to England to prep for the journey, we were kindly granted an audience with the extremely busy Ambassador for Guinea in New York, Mnr Mamadi Touré. He has since sent a letter to the Ambassador of Guinea in Dakar, Senegal, to introduce us and inform him about our travels through his country.

Next on our list are the Gambian and Senegalese embassies here in London. The more official letters of introduction we can gather, the smoother our passage over the different borders and travels throughout each country will be – insh’Allah.

Florio and Jones meet the Vice President of The Gambia at their UN Mission Headquarters in New York Image: Her Excellency Dr. Isatou Njie-Saidy (centre in green) 

When we returned to New York after our last expedition – ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – a 930km African odyssey’ – we had the honour of meeting Her Excellency Dr. Isatou Njie-Saidy, the Vice President of The Gambia, when she was visiting the UN Mission on 2nd Ave, New York.

March 11th 2010, UN Mission, NYC: ‘When the audience was granted we never expected to have a whole delegation greeting us – let alone a Gambia Radio & TV crew! However, we dusted-off our already fast-fading Mandinka and it was like walking into a wonderfully surreal slice of The Gambia in New York for an hour’

We presented Her Excellency with a copy of Florio’s book – Makasutu (black and white portraits of people who live and work around a sacred forest in The Gambia) – and talked to her about our Gambian adventure which, to our complete delight, she had previously heard about.

Making such contacts could prove invaluable should anything goes wrong during our travels.

More updates soon

The Florios (H & Flo)

Please click on the image below to hear Jason Florio (Flo) talk about how you can own one of the fine art photography prints from the images he will take whilst on the River Gambia Expedition 2012

Here’s what else we get up to in West Africa: Jason Florio’s award-winning series of portraits – ‘Makasutu’

Ismaila on his white horse, Junpex – The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio 2008

Jason Florio’s series of black and white portraits, taken over a period of 12 years, resulted in ‘Makasutu – mecca in the forest’ – a book and and an award-winning body of work.

These are just a few of the portraits that we worked on together, whilst staying at Makasutu Culture Forest and travelling around the villages, in The Gambia, West Africa, to see the male and female ‘coming of age’ ceremonies.

L-R: Ousman Kujabi – young Gambian, dressed for male circumcision (‘coming of age’) ceremony Lamin Saidy – young Gambian driver, Kombo Central, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio 2008

Young Gambian boy, dressed for male circumcision (‘coming of age’) ceremony, Myork village, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio 2008

 

As always, thanks for stopping by. More news on the ‘River Gambia Expedition 2012 – 1000km source to sea African odyssey’ coming soon.

The Florios (H & Flo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:

Hagedorn Gallery, Atlanta, GA – Press Release about Jason Florio’s recent awards for his Gambia portraits

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In 2011, the Hagedorn Gallery, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, exhibited Florio’s Makasutu‘ and ‘Silafando‘ portraits from The Gambia, West Africa. So, they were very happy to advertise the fact that portraits from both bodies of work have just received more awards: Black & White Spider Awards – ‘Honor of Distinction‘, 2012 & Px3 (Prix de la Photographie, Paris), 2012, ‘Portraiture/Culture‘ respectively.

Purely coincidentally, Abdou Ndong (who is the man in the portrait with the rescued crocodile) is an old friend and also one of our River Gambia 2012 – 1000km source to sea African odyssey’ team mates. His expertise as a river man and translator (he speaks three or four of the local West African language’s we will encounter on the journey) will be invaluable.

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Abdou & Florio (with one of Abdou’s donkeys) – Makasutu Culture Forest, The Gambia, West Africa, 2009. Image © Helen Jones-Florio

Above: Abdou and Florio. Abdou had come with a load of groundnut hay for our donkeys, just before we set off on what would become a 930km walk, in 2009. We had – on loan – two very willful, and precocious, donkeys by the names of ‘Paddy’ & ‘Neil’ (a little into the journey, Paddy was swapped over for an older – even more quick-witted! – donkey called Hadley) for ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – a 930km African odyssey. They came fromThe Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust’, who do fantastic work down in West Africa, rehabilitating horses and donkeys.

Thanks to Hagedorn for sharing the news about the awards and huge respect to Alexandra LaFaou and Gordon Watkinson (an extremely talented photographer in his own right) at Foto + Synthesis – who run a traveling exhibition service that works closely with museums, photographers, curators and collectors – for getting the exhibition on in the first place.

And, of course, congrats to Mr Florio!!

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)

The Florios

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:

Safari Interactive Magazine -The Story Behind the Image: Jason Florio photographs ‘Abdou and The Rescued Crocodile’ in The Gambia, West Africa

Safari Interactive Magazine asked Florio to share the story behind one of his image’s – ‘Abdou with Rescued Crocodile’ - from his award-winning series of B&W portraits ‘Makasutu – mecca in the forest’ – of the people who live and work around this sacred forest: ‘Makasutu’ in The Gambia, West Africa.

Please click on this link to read the whole story ‘Abdou with Rescued Crocodile’ over on Safari Interactive Magazine.

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Abdou with Rescued Croc – The Gambia, West Africa – image © Jason Florio

Thanks to Holly Meadows and the team over at Safari Interactive Magazine for featuring our River Gambia Expedition 2012 . They will be posting regular updates on their blog about our journey.

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Thanks for stopping by. We hope you come by again.

The Florios (Jason & Helen)

P.S. ‘Abdou with Rescued Crocodile’ prints are also available to purchase from our Fine Art Photography Gallery: Black & White Collection by Jason Florio

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: