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To create an historical document of the people and cultures along one of Africa's last free-flowing major rivers before it is dammed.
To create an historical document of the people and cultures along one of Africa's last free-flowing major rivers before it is dammed.
51 backers pledged $3,721 to help bring this project to life.

Checking in...

Hi everybody

We just wanted to check in to see if you all got your postcards and/or prints? I'm sure we covered it all but...just to be on the safe side. Please let us know, if you haven't received what we promised, in exchange for your support and generous donations.

We're busy working on the book, from the River Gambia Expedition. If you would like to be kept updated on when that will be out, please sign up on the blog - we promise not to inundate you with too many updates!

'River Gambia Expedition - 1000km source-sea African odyssey'

As always, a HUGE thank you to you all, for jumping on board with us. We hope you enjoyed the journey - it will one form or another (another reason to sign up for those updates on the blog!). We're working on it!

The Florios (H & Flo ) x

Image © Jason Florio: The source of the River Gambia - in the Fouta Djallon Highlands, Guinea-Conakry - as recently published in the Virginia Quarterly Review (VQR) - all 14 pages of it! However, unless you buy the hard copy, you have to subscribe to VQR to read the article. Fear not, as you can still check out all the images in the mag, from the 'River Gambia' series, on Flo's website  Enjoy!

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Jason Florio’s prints for our donors – taken whilst on the River Gambia Expedition – are almost ready to ship!

Monday 8th April, 2013 – NYC, USA

Neither of us have stopped since we got back to New York in early February, after eight months away – three of those on the River Gambia Expedition in West Africa. The last couple of months have been spent wading through those three months of images (Florio), updating the blog (Helen)…and, generally, getting back to being home. There’s an awful lot of house-keeping to catch up on after eight months of absence. However, and at last, we are getting ready to ship prints out to all of those who got involved in ‘An Exchange’ and our Kickstarter campaign for Jason Florio’s fine art photography prints – taken whilst we were in West Africa. We have postcards too, featuring one of Florio's images from the journey, for every single person who helped to make the expedition possible.

It’s a joy to see this labor of love in print. Our apartment is bulging at the seams with the people who live and work along the River Gambia – one of Africa’s last major free-flowing rivers. Sublime visual reminders of the people we met along the way – and of new friends made – who we know we will go back to revisit. But, that will be another story…

Our thanks will be with you very shortly, in the printed form...each one of you made our journey happen.

More tales and images from the River Gambia Expedition coming soon...please check out the blog

Helen & Florio x

You can check out some of Florio's latest work - 'River Gambia' - on his website:

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Prints and Postcards - in progress!

Hi All

Firstly, these things always seem to take longer than you think! So, thank you for your patience.

The printing process is now underway - fine art prints for those of you who donated over $100 and postcards for every single donation we received. We're aiming to get everything out to you all within the next two weeks.

We've posted many personal 'thank you' images onto the blog and we still have a few more to put up there. So, if you can't see your personal thank you up there, please bear with us as we trawl through three months of images. Here is a link to the page: Big love, respect, and thanks from West Africa

The response to the River Gambia Expedition has been above and beyond what we could have hoped for - and we've only just begun to get the work out there! Check out our 'Meet the Press; Awards; Exhibitions' page. Our last expedition - 'A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush - 930km African odyssey' is still garnering much interest too, over three years later, with a NY exhibition running at the moment - 'Silafando' - and Trunk Magazine featuring an unprecedented 18 pages of the award-winning portraits of village chiefs and elders

Thank you so much, yet again, for all your support. You all helped make this journey a reality.

Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio

A couple of images - and the most popular print choices for those of you who donated over $100 - from Jason Florio's 'River Gambia' series. These images are now also available in our on-line fine art photography prints gallery -

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Jason Florio - new series of images from the River Gambia Expedition

Hi All

We just wanted to share this link with you :

Jason Florio - Latest Work - River Gambia Expedition

We'll be sending out a PDF of images for those of you who donated $100+ to make your print choices from. We have a feeling though, that 'Hawa' will be in that pdf.

Many thanks for all you for helping us to achieve this project

The Florios (H & Flo)

P.S. we've put up a number of personalised 'thank you' images on the blog. Please check them out. If you don't see your name on there yet, it simply means we haven't gotten to your particular thank you image yet. We have 3 months of work to wade through so please bear with us :)

Image © Jason Florio 'Hawa' rice farmer, Kaur, The Gambia, West Africa

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MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! River Gambia Expedition completed - 21st Jan 2013!

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! 21st Jan 2013 - We did it! The River Gambia Expedition team clocked up 400km overland, from the source of the River Gambia in the Fouta Djallon Highlands, Guinea-Conakry. From there, we traveled overland to Kedougou, Senegal, got our Ally canoes in the water, paddling (no motor!) 720km on the River Gambia, to The Gambia itself, and onto the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean - the rivers end.

Image: The River Gambia Expedition team reach the Atlantic Ocean at Denton Bridge, Banjul, The Gambia, West Africa.

Check out the journey here on the blog:

With great thanks to everyone who helped us along the way and to Kickstarter!

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