River Gambia Expedition: Jason Florioâ€™s fine art photog prints, and dug outs v Ally folding canoes! http://t.co/ZvO3DPw1 via @floriophotoNYC
Ethiopia -'Ghost of the Civil Dead' Bruke has no where to wash except on the street near the hole where he... http://t.co/99nI5ROX
Jason Florio is a NYC based photographer and writer from London.
For the past 10 years he has worked as a freelance photojournalist around the globe for publications including The New Yorker, New York Times, Outside, Liberation and The Times of London, working on stories that attempt to reveal the unseen and to provide an alternative point of view on people and places.
At the beginning of his career he had the dubious recognition of being one of the last photographers in Afghanistan to photograph the anti-Taliban commander Ahmed Shah Masoud in August 2001, who was assassinated by Al Queda operatives on September 9th, then to be at the foot of the World Trade Center on September 11th as it collapsed.
Since then he has returned to Central Asia a number of times on both personal journeys and assignments.
Whether it’s bat hunting in Suriname or searching for pirates in Somalia he is most at home away from home and immersed into a story.
Florio spent the last 3 months of 2009 making a 930 km expedition by foot of The Gambia, West Africa to produce a series of portraits of African chiefs for which in part he was given fellowship of the Royal Geographical Society in London. The Gambia has been a place Florio regularly returns to. For the past 12 years he has made yearly trips there to work on a long term large format portrait project of the people that live in and around a sacred forest there called Makasutu - The culminating body of work was shown in New York in 2009 in a solo exhibition and the work won a Black and White magazine Spotlight Award, as well as garnering him a nomination for the Santa Fe prize.
Florio was awarded the Joy of Giving Something grant in 2004 to produce the first ever assigned story for Aperture in their 50 year history, called ‘This is Libya’, which is now part of the permanent collection of The Forward Thinking Museum. His work on Afghanistan is in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York, as well as a number of private collections.
Between magazine assignments and photographing for NGO’s this year he is planning another expedition to West Africa to retrace the journey of his hero, Scottish explorer Mungo Park, who went in search of the source of the Niger River 200 years ago.
- 2010 - Winner "People Photographer of The Year", International Photography Awards (IPA/Lucie Awards)
- 2010 - Winner of The 2nd Quarter of the JGS - Joy of Giving Something Contest ("Ghosts of The Civil Dead")
- 2010 - Winner - PDN (Photo District News) "Faces"
- 2010 - Honourable Mention in Project Prize section of the daylight / CDS Photo Awards
- 2010 - Honourable Mention - New York Photo Festival Awards
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