Several months ago, veteran NYC-based freelance photojournalist Jason Florio approached the Red Cross about a possible pro-bono collaboration with the Greater New York Region. The London-born photographer began by accompanying Greater New York disaster responders to fires and other emergencies to see them in action.
Jason was so struck by the dedication of our volunteers that he decided to create a series of portraits and videos highlighting their commitment and compassion. He and his wife, photography producer and writer Helen Florio-Jones, visited our headquarters in Manhattan to photograph and interview about a dozen volunteers from across the region. Jason and his wife then developed a second series capturing stories of those helped by the Red Cross.
These portraits complement those Jason has shot around the globe over the past 14 years. His body of work has been featured in publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times, Outside, Newsweek, Backpacker and The Times of London.
Jason has also won The International Photography Awards – People Photographer of the Year 2010. His work on Afghanistan is in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York, as well as a number of private collections.
The Red Cross is honored to partner with Jason on this project.