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Jason Florio

Jason Florio is a freelance photojournalist who has worked around the globe for publications including the New Yorker, the New York Times, Outside, Libération, and the Times of London. His photography portfolio in the Spring 2013 issue of VQR, “Life on the River Gambia,” was a finalist for a National Magazine Award. The Winter 2016 issue marks his fourth time shooting the cover of VQR. 


The Pirate Port

The Somaliland coast guard on board one of their three anti-piracy speedboats at the Berbera port. The Somali port of Berbera lies against the Gulf of Aden, a semi-derelict relic of colonial times. Once the capital of British Somaliland, t [...]


West African migrants discovered near the Bouri offshore field.

Out of the Sea

Winter 2016 | Photography

In 2015, some 1 million migrants and refugees entered Europe as they fled instability in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. We felt compelled to try to reset the discussion of this crisis. This is how photographer Jason Florio’s portfolio of men, women, and children rescued from the Mediterranean Sea became the cover story of our Winter 2016 issue.

The Gambia River begins as a mere trickle in the Fouta Djallon highlands of Guinea. Seven hundred miles later, it forms a channel eight miles wide.

Life on the River Gambia

Spring 2013 | Articles

From under a rock in the highlands of Guinea, the Gambia emerges as one of the last untamed great rivers of Africa, winding through three countries on its way to the sea.

Most villages within Karen state are only accessible through a network of jungle paths. Supplies are carried in by  porters, many of them  young women who carry up to fifty pounds up and down steep mountain routes. Medical supplies, as well as basic necessities, are smuggled in from Thailand then trekked to remote villages.

The Black Zone

Summer 2012 | Reporting

Aung San Suu Kyi and democracy may have pushed Burma from an isolated nation to potential partner to the rest of the world. But a trip deep inside the rebel camps tells a different story.

The Horn’s Dilemma

Winter 2012 | Editor's Desk

In spring 1985, with everyone’s expectant parents sweating and wedged into the auditorium chairs, it was my appointed task to kick off the school’s year-end performance by plinking out the opening strains of “We Are the World” on the music teacher’s Casio keyboard.

A woman at a clinic in Mogadishu holds the paperwork she will need to complete to receive care for her infant.

A Violent Prone, Poor People Zone

Winter 2012 | Reporting

The Dadaab Refugee Camp and the Eastleigh neighborhood of Nairobi have seen an influx of hundreds of thousands of Somalis seeking a better life—but, as often as not, Kenya can offer them little.


Eduardo Romero Martín grips a desiccated stalk in his cornfield in Pocoboch, Mexico.

Inheritance of Dust

Fall 2009 | Reporting

After his two years of schooling, Eduardo took up the destiny ordained to the people of Pocoboch: growing yucca, squash, tomatoes, chiles, beans, and corn on small plots carved into the jungle. There may not have been much money, but for most of Eduardo’s lifetime, the corn made the town run. And then, simply, it did not.

Tropical Depression

Winter 2009 | Reporting

A swimmer off the Malecón seawall in Havana. August in Havana is a mounting wave of heat—so consuming, the sun so piercing, it can warp your sense of reason. Tempt you to surrender. Make you flirt with insanity. The pained faces around you ar [...]