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.

PhotoVoice JHP Program at the Step Up Community

By Jamie Ogrodnik - September 12, 2014

Josephine Herrick Project is a volunteer service organization, providing free photography programs to underserved audiences. JHP believes that cameras are transformational tools that give a voice to all people and strengthens visual literacy. In February of 2014, JHProject teamed up with Step Up youth participants in a local community assignment using photography.

Step Up is a project of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research located within NYU’s Silver School of Social Work.  Designed as a youth development and mental health program, Step Up was created by and for high school students. Together they all work towards the goal of promoting social and emotional development, academic achievement, “on time” high school graduation, and a positive transition to young adulthood.   Components of Step Up could include youth life skills groups, one on one mentoring, academic supports and internships, and family level engagement.


This past February we had the privilege of working with Step UP.  JHP’s volunteer professional photographers, Virgina Franklin, Nousha Salimi, and Rick Gerrity, helped students to learn about photography and how to use the power of images to tell stories about their communities.  The first part of the assignment had the students meet to discuss what defines a community.  This allowed for the children to identify the community they felt a special connection with and then speak about the strengths and challenges that could occur within these communities.


After that, students used their “photovoice” by using the camera to capture the previously addressed issues in their communities.  Once behind the camera, students observed life in their communities through a new vantage point helping them with not only communal issues but with sparking creative juices that could eventually lead to self-betterment and the strengthening of their visual literacy.

A photo book was created capturing their experiences.  Above are actual pages from the book.

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Buy Thomas Drysdale’s “World Trade Study, 1976” on the JHP Professional Photographers Gallery Today!

Photo by Thomas Drysdale 

“World Trade Study, 1976”

By Maureen McNeil – September 11, 2014

For anyone who loves architecture, the abstract lines of Minoru Yamaski are exquisite in Thomas Drysdale’s photograph “World Trade Center in 1976.”  Because Drysdale captured only the middle of the buildings, the lines look like gleaming sunlit cliffs stretching into infinity, with a dark void in between.

Yet, September 11, 2001 has colored our reaction to this photograph. Today’s lens makes the image look vulnerable, as if the buildings are tipping. The negative and positive spaces shift and as we look, the video of their collapse reruns through our minds: Drysdale’s photograph of simple straight patterns becomes a collective emotion for people around the world. He has captured one of the giants, real and fictional, that have fallen throughout human history.


About Thomas Drysdale

Thomas Drysdale is an associate professor of Photography and Imaging at the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at NYU.  His work has been published in Art News, American Photographer, Photographies and L’Architecture: Sujet ou Pretext?  His photographs have been exhibited at Museum of the City of New York; Witkin Gallery, New York; Exposure Gallery, New York; Soho Photo Gallery, New York; O.K. Harris Gallery, New York; Mednick Gallery, Philadephia; Studio 666 Paris; Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; Musee des Beaux Arts, Agen, France, and many other galleries around the world.



16 x 20


Signed, black and white print

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Own an Amazing Photo and Support an Amazing Cause!

We are excited to announce the launch of the Josephine Herrick Project Professional Photographers Online Gallery.  Our gallery was launched with 12 amazing photographs generously donated by 12 amazing professional photographers who are supporters of the Josephine Herrick Project’s mission which is “to provide completely free programs that inspire children, teens, adults and seniors with the visual language of photography, enhancing their abilities to transform communities through artistic vision.”

This is a great opportunity to own an amazing  photograph and help support our programs!


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Program Spotlight- Oasis at Pace University

All photos by Oasis Students

This summer JHP partnered with its neighbor, Pace University. Students in the Oasis program, a model college program for students on the autism spectrum, were introduced to the Canon Rebel by JHP photographers, Nousha Salimi and Vik Gupta.

The students are quick learners and really enjoyed both the artistic and technical aspects of photography.

During class they explored areas of Brooklyn and the Financial District.

As a final project, each student designed a book on with selections of their favorite photographs.