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Jason Florio

Banjul, Gambia
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About Jason
Jason Florio ( UK/USA) is a photojournalist and filmmaker based in Banjul, Gambia. 
His work is focused  towards under-reported stories about people living on the margins of society and human rights. He has lived and worked on and off in The Gambia over the past 20 years creating bodies of work exploring themes of traditional leadership, environment, migration and transitional justice. His work has been published in international outlets including The New York Times, The New Yorker, CNN and The Telegraph. He has exhibited with solo shows in the USA, Europe and Asia, and his work has been recognised with a number of awards, including The Magnum Photography Award and American Photography 34. He has received grants from Aperture Foundation, EU Migration Media and Fondation pour l'Egalité des Chances en Afrique.
He was made a Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society for co-leading the first circumnavigation of the Gambia by foot, and the first source-to-sea expedition of River Gambia.
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Go Home, Polish - Photographs by Michal Iwanowski

09 May 2024  |  www.lensculture.com
Photographer Michal Iwanowski discusses his project 'Go Home, Polish', which was inspired by a piece of graffiti he saw in Cardiff in 2008. The project involved a 2000 km walk retracing his grandfather's journey from Soviet captivity back to Poland in 1945, paralleling it with his own journey on foot from Cardiff to his parents' home in Mokrzeszów, Poland. Iwanowski reflects on the meditative nature of walking, the physical effort involved in his work, and the personal and political implications of his journey in the context of Brexit. He shares encounters with people along the way, their reactions to Brexit, and their personal definitions of home, which often transcend political borders. Iwanowski's journey is both a personal pilgrimage and a commentary on identity, belonging, and the humanizing aspects of the immigration debate.

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Contemporary Photography

20 Apr 2024  |  www.lensculture.com
The text profiles several influential figures in the field of photography, detailing their careers, contributions, and affiliations with various institutions. It highlights the American tradition of on-the-road photography with Alec Soth, Lesley A. Martin's role at the Aperture Foundation, Susan Meiselas's documentation of human rights issues, Sarah Leen's directorship at National Geographic, Azu Nwagbogu's establishment of the African Artists’ Foundation, David Hurn's influence as a British reportage photographer, Yumi Goto's work as an independent curator, and Jim Casper's leadership at LensCulture.

WINNERS—Magnum Photography Awards 2017

19 Apr 2024  |  www.lensculture.com
The Magnum Photography Awards 2017 highlights the achievements of several notable figures in the field of photography. Alec Soth, known for his American road photography, has his work in major collections and has received multiple fellowships. Lesley A. Martin, creative director at the Aperture Foundation, has edited numerous photobooks and curated international exhibitions. Susan Meiselas, a member of Magnum Photos, is recognized for her coverage of the Nicaraguan insurrection and human rights documentation. Sarah Leen, Director of Photography for National Geographic, has a history as a freelance photographer and has won multiple awards. Azu Nwagbogu founded the African Artists’ Foundation and is involved in various international photography roles. David Hurn, a British reportage photographer, is a full member of Magnum and founded the School of Documentary Photography in Newport. Yumi Goto is an independent curator and co-founder of the Reminders Photography Stronghold in Tokyo. Jim Casper is the editor-in-chief of LensCulture and is involved in numerous photography-related activities.







DOP + Producer: A 10 minute short produced for HIV/AIDS Alliance about the struggles and successes of a transgender community in Georgetown, Guyana

DOP + Producer: A 30 minute documentary produced for Amnesty International that tells the story of human rights defenders who worked at great risk in The Gambia during the dictatorial regime of former president Yahya Jammeh.

DOP: 'I Cannot Bury My Father' - a 30 minute documentary about the search for justice by a young Ghanaian whose father was one of over 55 West African migrants murdered in The Gambia by the then president, Yahya Jammeh's hit-squad.


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