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.

WORLD WAR II Photographs by Josephine Herrick

The Josephine Herrick Project is a War Baby born in 1941 with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. In honor of the organization’s 75th anniversary, we have published the first collection of Herrick’s WWII photographs: Portraits of Navy Day, October 29, 1945 aboard the USS Helena. These never-before seen portraits have been scanned from negatives by JHP Director of Photography, Krista Kennell, and introduced by JHP board member Lt. Cdr. (Ret) Brett Morash, PhD.  The book is available for purchase on our website and supports JHP photography programs in 26 NYC communities, including veteran programs at the VA Hospitals, Vet Centers, St. Francis College, and at veteran homes in Brooklyn through Services for the Underserved.

Veterans, then and now, are thrilled to connect to each other and their larger community through the visual art of photography. This book documents Josephine Herrick’s dream come true, connecting the public with images of men who serve their country with pride and joy.

-Maureen McNeil, Executive Director

January Message from Executive Director, Maureen McNeil

Dear Friends,

This week we received a gift from Josephine’s relative in Cleveland, Ohio: Herrick family photographs, Josephine’s personal letters, Christmas cards with her images, and exhibition announcements. What a wonderful way to start JHP’s 75th year! Take a look at this photograph of Josephine, circa 1910, as a young teen holding a camera while boating, most likely at the family summer house on Lake Erie. Her long braid swoops across her back as she concentrates in the moment before clicking the shutter. This is the same magical moment JHP program participants experience today! In a letter from 1927 she grieves her father’s death: “I am so desperately lonely for daddy tonight, it doesn’t seem I can stand it. Another year is ending, and without him right here, though I feel him everywhere, always.” In a letter, decades later, two years before her death in 1972, she wrote, “This Wednesday May 27th I plan to leave for my fiftieth Reunion at Bryn Mawr. My dear friend Peg Biddle is sending her car over for me…”  Thank you Dorothy Herrick! At long last, we can pair Josephine’s words and images to tell her story.

-Maureen