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.

Program Spotlight: IVDU




In October, JHP began a new year-long program at The Marilyn David IVDU Upper School in Brooklyn, thanks    to a grant from an anonymous foundation. Teaching photographers Paula Berg and Vik Gupta  lead six              emotionally challenged teens out to photograph on the streets of Brooklyn; to Dumbo to take in the view, and to  the New Fulton transit station which has a spectacular oculus. The IVDU teachers and director of the school,  Chavie Kahn, were thrilled to observe as the boys learned to express themselves visually and speak critically  about their photographs.  And the teens were surprised and delighted at the December exhibition by the quality of  their images and what they were able to accomplish.

Finding Josephine: Uncovering a photo from 1922





 Josephine Herrick 1922


Josephine Herrick Project will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2016. One of our goals for the 75th is to “discover” our founder, Josephine Herrick, who continues to be a role model for today. Research began in earnest back in September with the help of librarian Philip Sutton at the 5th Avenue New York Public Library. A 1922 portrait of Josephine turned up in a passport application. Josephine was 25 years old, a graduate of Bryn Mawr, and about to begin her studies at the Clarence H. White School of Photography. In the meantime, she was off Europe with her parents, planning to visit more than fifteen countries. We have evidence from her exhibitions in New York and Cleveland that for Josephine, travel was an opportunity to explore her passion for photography.