Josephine Herrick Project
Formerly RTP (Rehabilitation Through Photography)

The Josephine Herrick Project is a nonprofit that enlists photographic community volunteers to educate students who have not had the opportunity to learn the communicative power of photography. Through partnerships with local organizations, JHProject’s completely free programs inspire children, teens, adults and seniors with the visual language of photography, enhancing their abilities to transform communities through artistic vision.

#ThrowbackThursday Yousuf Karsh and Mrs. Karsh @ VSP Annual Contest

Great Photographers have always been part of JHP!

By Jackie Augustine – October 23, 2014

Noted photographer Yousuf Karsh and Mrs. Karsh are the center of a happy crowd of winners in Volunteer Service Photographer’s Annual Contest, 1975. VSP is now Josephine Herrick Project. Mr. Karsh a member of the VSP’s Board of Sponsors was on hand to present the top prize for b&w photography.  Yousuf Karsh, CC (December 23, 1908 – July 13, 2002) was a Canadian photographer of Armenian heritage, and one of the most famous and accomplished portrait photographers of all time.  Read about Yousuf Karsh at

Join us at the 2014 Modern Masters of Photography, Josephine Herrick Benefit Auction and Party to celebrate our mission and support our organization by bidding on over 30 amazing photographs by today’s Modern Masters of Photograhy.

We thank all the volunteer photographers who have given their time, their talent and their enthusiasm to enable the Josephine Herrick Project to “enhance lives through the power of photography.”

Day Two of JHP NJ Veterans Photography Program @ Unique Photo


 On the front lawn learning how to capture passing cars with a “panning technique.”

By Jackie Augustine – October 21, 2014

On Saturday, October 18th we had day two of our first JHP Veterans Photography Program in NJ.  We started the day with Harmon Kaplan and Michael Downey, our photography instructors reviewing some of the basics of operating the Canon EOS Rebels. Next, we took advantage of the studio backdrops that were already set up in our classroom.  Harmon paired up the students to take portraits of each other with the other person’s camera.  This handy concept will allow us to keep track of which photos were taken by which Veterans.  The media card is now identified by name and photo of the Veteran

  Instructor Harmon Kaplan giving tips during the Portait sessions.


 Instructor Michael Downey giving tips on Panning on the front lawn of Unique Photo.

Our partners Canon USA donated the Canon EOS Rebel DSLR cameras and Unique Photo donated the classroom space and I supplied the muffins, apples and bananas to keep our energy up!


Instructors for the NJ Veterans Program are Harmon Kaplan, Rick Gerrity, Michael Downey, and Jackie Augustine.

Rusk Rehabilitation and photographer Nina Berman honored at Josephine Herrick Project Annual Benefit Party and Modern Masters of Photography Auction

Dr. Steven Flanagan, Chair of Rusk Rehabilitation

Nina Berman documentary photographer


New York, NY, October 20, 2014


Josephine Herrick Project is proud to present its Annual Benefit Party and Photography Auction being held on November 6th at Affirmation Arts New York. Event Co-Chair Cathy Kaplan, Sidley Austin LLP states “it is a privilege to be part of an institution and event which recognizes members of the community who support arts education and the transformative power of photography.”

 Master of Ceremonies, Elizabeth MacDonald, Fox Business Network


Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Fox Business Network editor and on-air personality Elizabeth MacDonald. The honorees for the evening are Dr. Steven Flanagan, Chair of Rusk Rehabilitation NYU Langone Hospital and photographer Nina Berman. Rusk Rehabilitation has been partnered with Josephine Herrick Project since WWII. “ At Rusk,” says Dr, Flanagan, “we treat the full range of problems associated with brain injury – physical issues such as difficulty walking and performing the normal activities of daily life, as well as, behavioral problems,  “Vocational therapy is also a very big part of our approach.” Notes Dr. Flanagan,” and our vocational program is among the best in the world. Nina Berman is a documentary photographer, author and educator whose photographs and videos have been exhibited at more than 100 international venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art and Dublin Contemporary. Her photographic series Marine Wedding was exhibited at the Whitney Biennial 2010 and is considered an iconic work of the Iraq war.


This year’s event will feature a photography auction of more than 35 prints donated by well-known photographers including Man Ray, Douglas Kirkland, Robert Farber and more. “We are so thankful for the continued support of the professional photographers that donate their amazing photography to support our cause”, stated, Jackie Augustine, President of Josephine Herrick Project, “and to all the camera manufacturers who make monetary donations and supply us with cameras for our programs.”  To add to the festivities, small bites will be provided by David Waltuck’s new restaurant élan, the LIVE AUCTION will be run by Rachel Orkin-Ramey from Christie’s and music will be provided by GRACENOTES trio.


Proceeds from the Benefit Party and Photography Auction will support Josephine Herrick Project programs. The upcoming Benefit Party and Auction is another excellent opportunity for the community to support arts education for veterans, youth impacted by poverty and all communities in the tri-state area. To purchase tickets, please follow this link:



About the Josephine Herrick Project

Josephine Herrick Project has been “Enhancing Lives through Photography” since 1941 and continues to partner with Veteran Administrations as well as schools, social service agencies and like-minded nonprofits.  Following her model, volunteer photographers educate underserved populations throughout the New York City area.  Thanks to the support of the photography industry and corporate and foundation grants, JHP continues Herrick’s mission with free programs, exhibitions and publications that inspire children, teens, adults and seniors with the visual language of photography, enabling them to transform communities through their artistic vision.  Some of the current partners include: Birch Susser School for Exceptional Children, the Block Institute, Cartwheel Initiative, Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, Fresh Art, IUDU School for Students with Special Needs, Jewish Union Foundation, University Settlement House, Millennium High School, International High School, Warrior StillShots, and U.S. veterans in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and recently launched in New Jersey.

Josephine Herrick Project is entirely supported by tax-deductible donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.

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