‘Great Things Come In The Mail’ – photo editor and creative consultant, Stella Kramer

Screen Shot 2013-07-29 at 4.54.29 PMLimited edition fine art prints by Jason Floro – ‘River Gambia‘ : ‘The Boy in the Mask’ and ‘Hawa‘ The Gambia, West Africa. Taken whilst on the ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1000km source-sea African odyssey

Great to read that Stella Kramer is enjoying her Florio prints, which she wrote about in her recent blog post: ‘Photographer Jason Florio has been a favorite of mine for many years, and I am always so grateful when he offers me a print. These two are from his newest work, from the last expedition to the Gambia when Jason and his wife, Helen Jones-Florio, canoed down the Gambian River from end to end. The spirit of adventure lives, and I am so glad to see that. Jason‘s connection to the people he photographs is incredible, and what his subjects give back of themselves is really wonderful. A great example of connecting with your subjects.’

Screen Shot 2013-07-29 at 4.54.17 PMThanks, Stella, for always being such a huge support of Florio’s work and what we’ve been up to over the last few years; with our recent River Gambia Expedition and our 2009 expedition – ‘ A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – 930km African odyssey

For and update on where we’re at as of today, 30th July 2013, please check out this link

Foto Care, NYC – a successful night! ‘River Gambia’ slideshow and discussion with Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio

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Migrant rice field workers, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

We presented a slideshow of images, and discussion, from the River Gambia Expedition last night at Foto Care, in New York, to a packed house – ‘standing room only’ as Foto Care wrote on twitter last night. It was a little daunting to have so many well-respected peers present but we did have the rather wonderful Stella Kramer as moderator. She really kept things moving along. Huge thanks to her for keeping us from rambling on…and on!

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‘The Flos in full flow’ – Helen Jones-Florio & Jason Florio – Foto Care, NYC. Thanks to Julie Grahame / aCurator for the image!

To see more of the images from Jason Florio’s ‘River Gambia’ series, please visit the website floriophoto.com

More updates on the journey to come very soon

The Florios (H & Flo)

Trunk Magazine receive SPD silver medal award: Jason Florio’s portrait series of Gambian chiefs and elders

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NEWS:

The Society of Publication Designers just awarded Trunk Magazine on three different categories – one of which, we are very proud to say, was a Silver Medal for Jason Florio’s portraits of Gambian village chiefs and elders (‘Silafando‘); which were taken whilst on our 2009 expedition – ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – 930km African odyssey’

NYC slideshow and discussionTuesday May 14th (tomorrow!) 6.30-8pm – at Foto Care :  Jason Florio, Helen Jones Florio will present a slideshow of images from their most recent expedition – ‘River Gambia Expedition-1000km source-sea African odyssey‘ – with questions from Stella Kramerfurther details can be found here

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Upcoming NYC Events: Fotocare – Slideshow presentation by Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio: ‘River Gambia Expedition’

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Tuesday, May 14th, 2013, from 6.30pm-8.00pm: Foto Care, NYC - Slide show presentation and discussion with documentary photographer, Jason Florio, and producer and writer, Helen Jones Florio, about their experiences on their recent photography project – “River Gambia Expedition” through West Africa – moderated by Pulitzer winning photo-editor, Stella Kramer.

Please visit the Foto Care website for all the details.

We’re also on their FotoBlog – with an interview with Jason Florio:

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Photographer, Jason Florio – Bonto, The Gambia, West Africa – Image © Helen Jones-Florio

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Swimming horses – on the River Gambia at Karantaba, The Gambia, W Africa © Jason Florio

Thanks to Jeff Hirsh, Linda Drummond, Kane Giblin, and all at Foto Care for organizing this. We’re really looking forward to it!

The Florio’s (H & Flo)

For more of Jason Florio’s images from his new ‘River Gambia’ series, please visit floriophoto.com

PRESS: ‘Stellazine’ – Stella Kramer features the River Gambia Expedition 2012 – ‘An Exchange’: donations for prints by Jason Florio

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Its a great honour for us to be featured on New Yorker, Pulitzer Prize-winning photo editor, Stella Kramer’s Stellazine blog. She has just posted about our ‘crowd-funding’ project: ‘An Exchange’: donations for Jason Florio’s fine art photography prints.
She also talks about photographer, Marissa Roth – who has been photographing women in war zones for 28 years – and her Kickstarter campaign to produce a travelling exhibition of her work:One Person Crying: Women and War,”

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“One Person Crying: Women and War, Marissa Roth

“These photographers are working hard to tell stories not being told anywhere else. And it’s important to support these independent endeavors. I have and I hope you will join me. The returns are going to be fantastic!” Stella Kramer - Stellazine

Thanks for your support, as always, Stella.

Big love, H & Flo xx

Click on the image below to watch Jason Florio talk about how you can own one of his fine art photography prints from the expedition:

Photo Editor, Stella Kramer’s Interview with Helen Jones-Florio – for Stellazine – about her 2009 Expedition

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When we returned to New York, from our ‘Short Walk in The Gambian Bush – a 930km African odyssey‘, Stella approached me about interviewing me for her blog. She wanted her readers to know how I felt, for example, about travelling as the only woman, with four men and two donkeys – all male.

To quote Stella’s opening:

‘There’s something inherently romantic about an expedition to a foreign country. It’s in doing something new, seeing a world unlike your own and testing your own abilities. For Helen Jones, walking the length of The Gambia was familiar in that she has visited one part of the country many times, but totally new in experience, and what she learned about herself, about traveling with donkeys, and about where home really is.’

Jason Florio's Award-Winning Portraits of Village Chiefs & Elders, The Gambia

Jason Florio’s Award-Winning Portraits of Village Chiefs & Elders, The Gambia – take whilst on a 930km walk around the small West African country.

I loved being interviewed by Stella because, like any smart journalist, she asked challenging questions…questions that really made me have to think about the answers to.

During the interview, I talk in-depth about how we, photographer Jason Florio and I, came up with the idea for the 2009 Gambia expedition (over a couple of beers at a dinner party in Brooklyn!), how we went about it, how we raised funds, and how it was, walking into villages, out in the middle of the West African bush.

Blog entry from 7th November – Kalaji village, The Gambia:
‘In this particular compound, there were around 30 kids who were our chaperones right up until torch lights out in our campsite. Nothing was going to get past these kids. Every little thing seemed to interest them – even if it was just me washing my smalls!! Our team was like a mini theatre to them, in that they brought out chairs and wooden benches and placed them right up close in front of our tents. One woman even brought her embroidery! The villagers are fascinated by everything us two ‘toubabs’ (or ‘toubabo’s’ ) in our group do and that’s quite something to get used to. Not a lot of choice really. Personal space isn’t even in their vocabulary!’

One of the main questions people asked on our return was what did we eat? We were very fortunate to have been there through the harvesting season, just after the rains. So, we ate like kings – munching our way through The Gambia, on peanuts, banana’s, and melon… – ‘Short Walk in The Gambian Bush – a 930km African odyssey

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Gambian kids love to play up to the camera – image © Helen Jones-Florio 2009

Stella: What was the most surprising thing you discovered about yourself?

‘That I managed to come out of walking around a small Gambian country for 6 weeks with 4 guys and 2 donkeys – all of them male (imagine all testosterone!) – without pulling my hair out!’

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About Stella Kramer: ‘I am a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo editor who works as a consultant to photographers, helping them to strengthen their creative eye, put together the strongest portfolios and websites that reflect their work, and set a course to reach their professional goals… For many years I worked with such top publications as The New York Times, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated and People magazine, and won numerous awards as a photo editor’ Stellazine blog