05 Oct Youtube: LensCulture interview Jason Florio about ‘Destination Europe’
“I really hope that these pictures will break down the barriers, and get people to see them as human beings… they are not a threat, they have the same hopes and aspirations as all of us… “Jason Florio
The European migrant crisis has receded from the public eye but continues to evolve. A veteran photojournalist, Jason Florio, offers us a wider lens on the topic, connecting the Mediterranean to the western reaches of Africa. LensCulture.
“‘Destination Europe’ is a body of work that I produced over an 18-month period…it involved multiple embeds, on one of the (NGO) search and rescue ships, in the Mediterranean, and the Aegean Sea… I became completely immersed in the story, into the people (we rescued). I followed up with a number of them – especially the Gambians (Florio has spent almost 20 years traveling back and forth, to the small West African country, and also lived there for a long period of time, working on several photography projects)…” see/hear more @LensCulture/Youtube.
‘With 35 heart-breaking and riveting photographs, and his own personal account of 18 months on rescue ships, photojournalist Jason Florio provides an unforgettable up-close look at hundreds of African migrants at sea, risking everything for a chance to survive in Europe’ read/see more on the LensCulture website
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