‘In 1996, influenced by work of photographer Mike Disfarmer, I started to use film to make large format portraits of people…’
Living within a rural community, 2km from the nearest main road, in the small West African Republic of The Gambia, Florio had to work sparingly with his materials, thus he decided to make no more than two exposures per subject with his 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. I returned every year to Makasutu, up until 2010…’ Jason Florio
Pigment prints on Hahnemühle archival glossy fine art photographic paper.
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We have curated a selection of the ‘Makasutu‘ portraits here on the gallery site. To view the complete series please visit Jason Florio’s website floriophoto.com – Contact the gallery for all sales queries
Is a multi award-winning fine art, and documentary photographer - he recently won the prestigious Magnum Photography Awards 2017, in the Photojournalism category. British-born, he is currently living in between West Africa and Malta ...Read more in 'Meet the Photographer'
'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