Jason Florio fine art photography prints online, Helen Jones-Florio Gallery
Jason Florio - fine art photography prints - is a British photographer, based from Malta/New York City/West Africa - his award-winning 'Makasutu' series of portraits where taken over a period of 12 years, during his trips to The Gambia, West Africa
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Jason Florio

About This Project

Jason Florio fine art photography – ‘Makasutu, mecca in the forest

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‘In 1996, influenced by work of photographer Mike Disfarmer, I started to use film to make large format portraits of people…

living within a two-mile radius of where I was staying, out in the bush, in the West African Republic of The Gambia. Having to work sparingly with my materials, I decided to make no more than two exposures per subject with my 8×10 view camera.

‘With little command of the local language, I could only but ask my subjects to stand and look directly into the lens. With little direction on my part, I found that the subjects in front of the camera would become silently quizzical of themselves and how they wanted to be portrayed.’

The subjects seemingly became oblivious to me as they created a very personal relationship with the camera. They would shift from side to side, testing different expressions, as I stood a little away from the camera to make my exposure with a long shutter release cord, so as not to interfere with this fleeting relationship that unfolded in front of me. I tried to make the exposure when I felt they were between preconceived expressions, feeling this was when they were free of an assumed character and as close to their true nature as I would find, making it in my mind the most honest view

‘I returned every year to Makasutu, up until 2010…’

Often re-photographing the same people, continuing silent relationships through the camera. The portraits unlike some of my work in Afghanistan and elsewhere are not taken surreptitiously. The subject is compliant and aware of the situation. I like this honesty that I have found in this ongoing body. It is liberating to create such a relationship with the subject, even though often silent. Therefore, it is for that reason I continue to return. 

The area of land from which I work has become the title for the project ‘Makasutu’. Makasutu in the local Mandinko language means Mecca in the forest, and for me, it became a place of personal pilgrimage. And, most of all, a place to retreat and communicate through my medium in an unfiltered manner.” JF

Pigment prints on Hahnemühle archival glossy fine art photographic paper.

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©Jason Florio - 'Painted Face' Fine art photography prints

©Jason Florio fine art photography prints – ‘Painted Face


 

To view a wider range of Jason Florio’s fine art photography prints, available to purchase – including color – check out ‘Gallery #2’

Clouds & Sea’ Cuba

© Jason Florio photography – from ‘Gallery #2’

 

'Not only have I watched Jason grow in stature as a photographer, but I have seen an incredible drive and a focused direction grow as well. Jason is now a multi-award winning photographer who has shown in museums and galleries' - Stella Kramer, Pulitzer Prize-winning photo editor and creative consultant, NYC

'Jason Florio's work is breath-taking! I've used his photography in my favorite projects, and his pieces steal the show! Helen Jones-Florio is so great to work with and I highly recommend!' - Amanda Hark, Hark+Osbourne Interior Design