Jason Florio is a freelance photojournalist and filmmaker who bases between London, UK, Malta, and the Gambia, West Africa. He has produced images and films around the world for NGO’s, and publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Smithsonian, Geographical and Amnesty International.
His focus has been on under-reported stories about people living on the margins of society and human rights. He has won a number of awards including most recently the Magnum Photography Award 2017 for his long-term work on the migration crisis in the Mediterranean.
‘Nhlanhla is…’ 2018- short documentary – Director – camera – producer
‘A Blossom Pink World’, 2018 – short documentary – Director – camera – producer
‘A Prince in Cape Town’, 2018 – short documentary – Director – camera – producer
‘We Never Gave Up’, 2018 – documentary – DOP/co-producer
‘Fishers of Men’, 2017 – feature documentary – DOP
‘Blood from Above’, 2017 – MIT Technology – short – DOP
‘Prisoners of Hope’, 2017 – IRIN News – short – DOP/Editor
‘The Lake That Could Light up Africa’, 2017 – MIT – short – DOP
‘Chronicles of a Summer’, 2016 – short – camera
‘River Gambia source-to-sea, 2013 – short – DOP/Editor
‘Portraits of Compassion’ – Red Cross New York, – DOP/Editor
‘Until the Violence Stops’ 2004 – feature documentary – camera
‘Eyes of Faith’ 2000 – short – camera
Throughout your photography career, are there any moments that always stick with you?
I was in Afghanistan a month before the WTC attacks and we took horses to a very remote pass in the north to meet a group of nomads. Getting closer to a large black nomad tent pitched between boulders an old man appeared and fired shots over our heads. We soon realized he was trying to scare his dogs away from attacking us. I climbed off my horse to shake his hand, and he gave me a huge bear hug like I was his long-lost son. In that moment I felt our cultural, linguistic and religious differences disappear, and it was just two humans acknowledging their humanity to each other