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’.

‘UNITED PHOTO INDUSTRIES ANNOUNCES PROGRAMMING FOR PHOTOVILLE, A FREE PHOTOGRAPHIC VILLAGE COMPRISING OVER 45 SHIPPING CONTAINERS IN BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK, SEPTEMBER 19-29

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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Awards: VQR ‘Prize for Photography’ Jason Florio for three pieces – from Somalia and Burma

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Congratulation! Jason Florio – photographer and River Gambia Expedition co-leader – recently awarded VQR Prize for Photography (Virginia Quarterly Review), for his work from Somalia and Burma, last year.

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The Black Zone‘ – Words: Robert Young Pelton. Photos: Jason Florio for VQR

A big shout out to River Gambia Expedition co-leader and photographer, Jason Florio, for his recent feature in the Forward Thinking Museum – ‘Facing Mogadishu’

‘Facing Mogadishu’ Image ©Florio

Well done to River Gambia Expedition’s co-leader and photographer, Florio, for his current main feature on the Forward Thinking Museum site. He keenly portrays the every day existence of people who live and work in Mogadish – one of the worlds ‘most dangerous places’: ‘Facing Mogadishu’

When we could find a secure location I set up my semi-translucent background cloth. I not only wanted to make reportage images but to bring people face to face with the individuals that live and survive in Mogadishu through intimate portraits...’ Jason Florio – Mogadishu, Somalia

The feature also shows Florio’s reportage images, taken in Mogadishu at some of the SAACID feeding program sites.

SAACID – Feeding program, Mogadishu, Somalia © Jason Florio

‘With food and water in desperately short supply, thousands of people rely on the ‘wet’ feeding kitchens, but the situation was exacerbated by the influx of internally displaced people from southern Somalia converging on Mogadishu, to escape the hardline Al Shabaab and a devastating drought – land that was empty in Mogadishu in April was filled by September with tent cities packed with mainly women and children baking in the Somali heat…’ Jason Florio – Mogadishu, Somalia.

Although, it will eternally make me anxious when Florio travels to such places (particularly when he calls me from a satellite phone, atop some built-ridden building in the middle of Mogadishu, and I can actually hear the gun shots – far too close for comfort)…but, seeing the work that he comes back with, stirs me beyond words. However, I think his images more than make up for my verbal (written word) ineptness.

‘Facing Mogadishu’ © Jason Florio

To see all the images from the ‘Facing Mogadishu’ series, and read Florio’s forward, please visit the Forward Thinking Museum site.

Helen Jones-Florio

River Gambia Expedition Photography Producer & Co-Leader