A word of warning that this episode features subjects and sounds that are contextually graphic and certainly more suitable for a mature audience.
To quote from his website biography, Jason Florio’s focus has been towards ‘under-reported stories about people living on the margins of society and human rights.’ His work has been recognised with a number of awards, including The Magnum Photography Award 2017 for his raw pictorial stories on migration. It’s little wonder that photographs of his reside in a number of public and private collections and his solo and joint exhibitions worldwide have been greeted by awe, enthusiasm and celebration.
I met with Jason in The Gambia in 2018 along with his creative, business and actual life partner, Helen. It was a serendipitous meeting, well for me at least, as I was in West Africa involved in the recording of a political short documentary. We sat in a restaurant one evening by a beach close to the couples’ Gambian home discussing how Jason came to make his transition from the non-stop vibe of commercial photographic work in New York, to what at face value seemed an altogether slower pace of life on a continent four thousand miles from Manhattan.
As the sun exited from the sky that first evening we met, with the staff hinting we had stayed well beyond acceptable closing time and the warning notices of crocs at large ever present in my mind as we trekked back to where we were parked, a date was set to record his story for this podcast. The show has a short segment available in vision too at the following link: YouTube film – The Day the Towers Fell
What you’ll discover in this episode is a photojournalist, film maker, story teller and humanitarian.
Pictures copyright Jason Florio, all rights reserved.