November Newsletter – press, exhibitions, and photography workshops in The Gambia

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What the Florios are up to next

Photography workshops for students in The Gambia:
Whilst we were resting in The Gambia, after finishing our river expedition, we had the fortuitous opportunity to meet the cultural liaison from the US Embassy there – he was extremely interested in what we had done and a big fan of photography. We got talking about how we could share our skills with young African students – kids are fascinated with the camera and are often satisfied with just looking at their image on the screen, laughing hysterically, and then running away. However more than a few seem much more curious about how the camera actually works… . Please click here to read the full newsletter update.

Thanks, as always, for stopping by. More news coming soon.

The Florios (H & Flo)

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Florio & H – the end of a very successful exhibition of the River Gambia images, and video, at Photoville, NY, 2013

 

Until next year, Photoville – thanks for hosting the ‘River Gambia’ exhibition

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Day 8 – ‘action stations, everyone, we’re about to open the gates!’ – the lovely Laura Roumanos, United Photo Industries © Helen Jones-Florio

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Florio gets down to the business of filming our time at Photoville 2013 © Helen Jones-Florio

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The Girl in the Hat photographs The Boy in the Fur Coat – budding photographer and our neighbors daughter, Florie © Helen Jones-Florio 

Sunday 26th September – the last day of Photoville 2013

Big thanks to the supremely efficient Photoville organizers: Laura Roumanos, Sam Barzilay, and Dave Shelly, of United Photo Industries - and all their staff and volunteers – who helped make the photo destination village an immense event, of some phenomenal photography, workshops, and talks. Thanks to these guys, our ‘River Gambia’ journey was viewed by 1000′s of people over two four day weekends. As they trekked in and out of our shipping container, we took them on our epic journey – ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey‘ – images by Jason Florio, curated by yours truly, River Gambia video footage by both of us, and presented by the Virginia Quarterly Review. And, an even bigger thanks to VQR for making the exhibit at PV 2013 possible! Thanks also to Pascal Prince of ‘A Small Light Room‘ for the sublime large format print of ‘Ebrima in Fur‘ – who was there with Mandinka greetings of ‘nimbara, nimbara’, from his vantage point on our container door, to all who passed through.

Last but definitely not least, thanks to every single person who came to view the fruits of our labor:  from the River Gambia’s humble source in the Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea, paddling through the gold bearing lands of Senegal and along the length of The Republic of The Gambia to the Atlantic ocean. We traveled 300km by motorcycle/4×4 and 744km by canoe – creating a photographic and written account along the way, of the tribes and communities whose traditional lifestyle and livelihood depend upon this mighty African waterway.

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‘Malian Fisherwoman‘ River Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio – one of the most popular prints we sold at PV

And for all of those people who purchased Florio’s prints at Photoville, we truly hope you enjoy having a small slice of the enchanting River Gambia in your homes. For anyone who missed out and would like to check out Florio’s fine art photography prints, please visit our on-line galleries – Black and White Collection and Color Collection.

And the day turned into the night…

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 …and the crowds are thinning out. Time to go home… © Jason Florio

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What ‘River Gambia’?! © Jason Florio

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And it’s good night from him and goodnight from her – The Florios are leaving the building – photo courtesy of Kisha Bari

It was great to be part of a community of like-minded people. We hope to see you all again next year.

The Florio’s (H & Flo)

P.S. we’ll be posting a gallery of Photoville images over the coming days, with links to some of the great exhibits at PV 2013 -  keep an eye out!

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‘River Gambia’ at Photoville 2013 was sponsered by the Virginia Quarterly Review

Day 8: ‘River Gambia’ final day exhibiting at Photoville, NY – Jason Florio’s images of life along one of Africa last free-flowing major rivers

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Florio man’s the stand, Photoville 2013 © Helen Jones-Florio

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Alkalo (village chief) of Karantaba, The Gambia, preparing his fishing net in the River Gambia – just one of the prints we have on sale at Photoville © Jason Florio  

Saturday 25th September

Another great, and extremely busy, day at Photoville - we didn’t sit down from noon-10pm. Our shipping container runneth over! The interest in Florio’s ‘River Gambia‘ series, from our 1044km source-sea African odyssey has been incredible.

We’ll both be there again today – from noon-8.30pm. Come on by and check out our West Africa journey. And, we still have a limited number of Jason Florio’s prints left – at a very special Photoville-only-price – from three bodies of work, taken in West Africa: ‘Makasutu‘, ‘Silafando‘, and, of course, ‘River Gambia‘ (including the one pictured above, of the chief fishing).

Photoville is a wondrous event – not to be missed. Workshops, talks, exhibitions, beer garden, food trucks…with a magnificent view of Manhattan thrown into the mix.

So, get on down there! All the details you need are here

And, don’t forget to stop by and allow us to take you on our epic West African river odyssey.

The Florios (H & Flo)

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H and Florio at Photoville 2013 © Chris Bartlett (thanks for our ‘official’ PV 2013 portrait, Chris!)

Big thanks, as ever, to the Virginia Quarterly Review for supporting our Photoville 2013 event.

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Day 6: Snapshots from a Photo Destination – NY art students come and check out the ‘River Gambia’ with Jason Florio at Photoville

Friday 27th September – Florio left home early to get to the Photoville site in Brooklyn, to show and tell all about the ‘River Gambia‘ exhibit to art class students from school in New York.

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Image courtesy of Julie Grahame ‘aCurator’

Thanks for Julie Grahame, aCurator, for the above social media sharing of Mr Florio in full Flo! Julie, and other PV exhibitors, also gave up there spare time to get in early, to enlightened students about all things photography. Julie is exhibiting the rather special work of Jim Mortram ‘Small Town Inertia‘ in her shipping container at Photoville – well worth checking out…thought-provoking stuff from Mr M.

“Jim Mortram is up-front about his own situation as a full-time caregiver, and in what spare time he has he photographs people in the margins, people in difficult circumstances – mentally or physically ill or just plain in-trouble. He gives them space to tell their stories, and the results are intimate and non-judgmental. Jim photographs warmly, with obvious compassion and investment in people’s lives. “No matter who I shoot I want to shoot them forever!” Julie Grahame/aCurator

aCurator are currently running our River Gambia story too…check it out here

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aCurator – ‘River Gambia’ Images © Jason Florio

As usual, Florio and I will both be there to walk you through our ‘River Gambia – 1044km source-sea African odyssey‘. So, please stop by and walk into a slice of West African river life – as we take you on a journey from the source of one of Africa’s last major free-flowing rivers (as in, it may soon be dammed, thereby changing the existence of most of those whose livelihoods depend on the river…along with natural habitat for animals) – over landing and canoeing, from the Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea, into Senegal, and then on through to The Gambia and our journey’s end, at the Atlantic Ocean

We hope to see you at Photoville for Day 7 – another packed day of exhibitions, talks, workshops (including FlakPhoto/Andy Adams – talk and beer garden meet up) and parties in the beer garden, overlooked by the monumental Manhattan skyline.

The Florios (H & Flo)

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© Jason Florio – Photoville 2013

River Gambia‘ presented by Virginia Quarterly Review

Day 5: Snapshots from a Photo Destination – New York City skies over the ‘River Gambia’

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© Helen Jones-Florio  – From this…

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© Helen Jones-Florio. …to this.

Florio and I are back at Photoville for part two of what we just know will be another exciting time of catching up with old friends, making new ones, and having the rather magnificent Manhattan skyline as our vista for the next three days.

Come along and let us both take you on an epic journey along the ‘River Gambia’ – a 1044km source-sea African odyssey – over landing to the humble source of a mighty African river, in the Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea, motorcycling back down the mountain, getting our canoes into the River Gambia for the first time in Southeast Senegal, and on through the length of The Gambia itself, to the Atlantic Ocean and our journey’s end…or is it?

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The source of the River Gambia © Jason Florio

We hope to see you there. Click here for all the details on Photoville

Helen & Jason Florio

Presented by the Virginia Quarterly Review :River Gambia‘ images by Jason Florio, curated by Helen Jones-Florio

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PRESS: ‘River Gambia’ – Yahoo News & The Gothamist check out Photoville 2013

Screen Shot 2013-09-25 at 10.21.14 AMScreen Shot 2013-09-25 at 10.16.07 AMYahoo News and The Gothamist check out ‘River Gambia‘ at  Photoville 2013 - image © Jason Florio – ‘Hawa‘ rice cutter, The Gambia, West Africa. Taken whilst on the ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey

We hope you can make to Photoville Part 2 - Thursday 26-Sunday 29 September, 2013. ‘Ebrima in Fur‘ will be at the door the welcome you into our ‘River Gambia’ journey, as will we.

The Florios (H & Flo)

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‘River Gambia’ Images © Jason Florio

Thanks to Virginia Quarterly Review for supporting ‘River Gambia’ at Photoville 2013

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‘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 2 : Snapshots from a Photo Destination – the ‘River Gambia’ at Photoville 2013, NYC

Day 2 – Friday 20th September : Virginia Quarterly Review presents ‘River Gambia‘ at Photoville 2013, Brooklyn, New York

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Florio – not sure we’re insured for this © Helen Jones-Florio

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VQR & Jason Florio’s fine art prints – available to purchase at Photoville © Jason Florio

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Helen - “What? it’s the first time I’ve sat down all day!” © Jason Florio

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The things we do to entertain ourselves – Florio and ‘Sequin Boy’ © Helen Jones-Florio

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Change from the food truck – Photoville © Helen Jones-Florio

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‘Time’ © Helen Jones-Florio

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Exclusive to Photoville footage of the ‘River Gambia’ journey © Jason Florio and Helen Jones-Florio : Vimeo Image © Helen Jones-Florio

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Very cool stuff from the Oz contingency

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Nightly screenings at Photoville

Ok…we’re now off to set up for Day 3 at Photoville 2013. Come and join the party!

The Florios (H & Flo)

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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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.

The Florios (H & Flo)

NEW PRESS – just in time for Photoville (thanks, Julie Grahame / aCurator!)

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