Still time to make a difference

In my usual morning routine, I did a few blog posts and then went outside to pick up the paper and decided to brew a cup of tea and hunker down.  I always take a few minutes to enjoy the comics too.  Today’s Hi & Lois cartoon really hit home.  Many of us are very lucky to have a nice home, a wonderful family, caring friends and a pretty great life.  However, many people like the populations we serve at the Josephine Herrick Project aren’t as fortunate.  So take some time, reflect on your year and consider how a donation large or small could make a major difference in the lives of military veterans, kids and adults with autism, at-risk youth, formerly homeless New Yorkers, and other people in need connect with the world and share their experiences in their own photos and writing.

December 30, 2013

(c) 2013 by King Features Syndicate, Inc. World Rights Reserved.


Please consider  a year end contribution to the Josephine Herrick Project.  We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit, your contributions are tax deductable. To contribute, go to our website  and hit the donate button on the lower left side.

Your donation will make a world of difference to the many people we serve who could see the world differently through the “power of photography.”

Best wishes for a wonderful 2014 filled with joy and happiness for you and your loved ones!

Jackie Augustine, President


2013 Reflections from our Executive Director

Josephine Herrick


Dear JHP Community, 

A million thanks to all of you who made 2013 a fantastic year for JHP. Kudos to our students, their families, our partners at schools, hospitals and social service agencies, the photo industry, the 84 photographers who contributed to the success of our November 4th photo auction, our volunteer teaching photographers, and our board of directors! I am filled with joy about the generosity of our community. 

It was also a year of growth for me, witnessing how the art of photography brings about social justice in our programs. Last February, curious to learn more about the magical work of our founder, Josephine Herrick,  I flew to Buffalo to meet her nephew Skip Herrick and hear some of the family stories.

Skip Herrrick


. The Herricks are well educated, hard working citizens and leaders in the fields of law and medicine in many states. No wonder Josephine accomplished so much! This fall I met with SVA art historian Bonnie Yohelson, a Clarence White expert. He was Josephine’s mentor in the 1920s who believed in women’s equality, working photographers like Josephine and Margaret Bourke-White. And with the help of sound expert Jeff Berman, we digitized some 1950s radio shows in our archives of both Josephine Herrick and Margaret Bourke-White pitching for this organization!!! Very cool. Stay tuned—we plan to share it with you! 

Margaret Bourke-White


Josephine continues to be an excellent role model for young people today. She showed by example that giving to others makes humans feel good. This is something we try to instill in our students. If you have not yet given to JHP, please press the donate button on our home page and become an active member of the JHP community. Give now before the end of the year!

 Have a healthy and happy 2014!

 Maureen McNeil

Executive Director

Josephine Herrick Project


Three 2013 Tax Moves You Can Still Make


I just read this article in The Wall Street Journal about Charitable Gifts and year end tax deductions that prompted me to share with all our friends and supporters of the Josephine Herrick Project.  We are deeply moved by all your support this year and are excited about our initiatives to broaden our reach for 2014.  Our goal is to expand our reach of making a difference through photograhy with our free programs. We help military veterans, kids and adults with autism, at-risk youth, formerly homeless New Yorkers, and other people in need connect with the world and share their experiences in their own photos and writing.  Here are 3 year end tax ideas that will make you feel good by “helping us help others,” and also give you a tax break.

Wishing you a happy, healthy and propserous New Year!

Jackie Augustine, President


They Allow Tax Breaks for Charitable Donations

By Tom Herman – The Wall Street Journal – December 29, 2013
Memo to procrastinators: You still have time for a few tax-smart moves before New Year’s Day. A few to consider:Charitable gifts: Suppose you want to make some last-minute donations to your favorite charities and nail down more deductions for 2013, but you’re short on cash. Consider charging the gifts to your credit card. As long as you charge them before Jan. 1, 2014, you can deduct them for 2013.”A contribution made by credit card is deductible in the year the charge is made to the donor’s account,” says Martin Hall, a partner at the law firm Ropes & Gray LLP, and Carolyn Osteen, a retired partner of Ropes & Gray and a consultant to the firm, in their book on tax aspects of charitable giving.Reminder: You can’t deduct charitable donations unless you itemize deductions.Donor-advised funds: These are a simple, convenient way to make charitable donations. As long as you contribute this year, you can deduct your gift for 2013 even if the fund doesn’t distribute grants to your favorite charities until future years. Policies may differ among funds on the minimum amount required to open an account. For example, at Fidelity Charitable, an independent public charity that sponsors the nation’s largest donor-advised fund program, the minimum to open an account is $5,000, and the minimum-sized grant is $50, a Fidelity spokeswoman says.IRA donations: A popular law that benefits many people 70½ or older is set to expire at the end of this year. Though the law enjoys bipartisan support, nobody knows whether it will be resurrected. If you’re eligible, you can transfer as much as $100,000 directly from an IRA to qualified charities without having any of it counted as taxable income. The transfer counts toward your required minimum distribution.

Make sure the transfer goes directly from the IRA to the charity. Visit and look for “qualified charitable distributions.”

Time Magazine Light Box: Remembering the Photographers We Lost in 2013

Bill Eppridge—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Bill Eppridge, 1938 – 2013Juan Romero, a busboy, comforts Senator Robert F. Kennedy after he was shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, on June 6, 1968. 
Article by Monday, December 16, 2013 | By Mia TramzThere are some who would argue that every picture a photographer makes is a self-portrait, whether they intend it to be or not. What did this photographer mean to show us of themselves with a particular picture? What did another one unknowingly reveal? These questions resonate most fully when recalling the photographers we’ve lost each year — some better known than others, but all worthy of remembrance.

For photographers, the camera is a tool of existential negotiation. Regardless of the genre in which they work, they use the camera to mediate what is before them with what lies within. The best pictures are not a statement of fact, but a fully formed and articulated opinion. “Every man’s work,” wrote the English novelist and critic Samuel Butler, “is always a portrait of himself, and the more he tries to conceal himself the more clearly will his character appear in spite of him.”

The photographers we lost this year pursued their craft with rigor and passion. Nearly all photographed until the very end, which for some came all too soon. They lived their lives with, and to varying degrees through, their cameras.

Bill Eppridge’s work is as synonymous with LIFE magazine as its iconic red and white logo. His most famous picture – the harrowing shot of a mortally wounded Robert Kennedy on the floor of a Los Angeles hotel kitchen in June 1968 — was just one of countless photos from his decades-long career that helped define the era in which he lived and worked. Bill Eppridge died in October. He was 75.

A giant in the Golden Age of advertising, Bert Stern revolutionized commercial and fashion photography in the 1950s and 60s. Stern’s iconic works, his “Last Sitting” series of Marilyn Monroe and his documentary film Jazz on a Summers’ Day, exemplify his genius as a tastemaker and cultural visionary. Stern passed away in at the age of 83.

Wayne Miller photographed his subjects with a closeness and intimacy that belied a deep sensitivity to the world around him. He worked closely with Edward Steichen and was one of the first Americans to photograph Hiroshima after the atomic bomb. He returned from the war to Chicago where he won a Guggenheim fellowship to photograph African American life in the city’s South Side. In the 1950s, he photographed regularly for LIFE, served as chairman of the ASMP, and became a member of Magnum, where he served as president from 1962-6. He left photography in 1975 to become an advocate for the preservation of California’s forests. He died in May at the age of 94.

The subjects of Saul Leiter’s gorgeous, painterly color street photographs seem to move in a dream. Photographing in New York City in the 1950s, Leiter made his living shooting fashion for Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue; yet, his street work didn’t garner the attention that some of his contemporary’s had until the Steidl’s publication of a monograph, “Saul Leiter: Early Color,” in 2006. In his compositions he was an original; in his vision, he was symphonic. Leiter passed away in November at the age of 89.

© Abigail Heyman

Photojournalist Abigail Heyman passed away in June at the age of 70. One of the first female photographers inducted into Magnum and the documentary and photojournalism director at the International Center of Photography in the mid-1980s, Heyman is best known for her book Growing Up Female which included a groundbreaking photograph she took of herself undergoing an abortion. In 1981, she co-founded Archive Pictures, a cooperative photo agency, along with Charles Harbutt, Mark Godfrey, Mary Ellen Mark, and Joan Liftin. Though her work is most identified with the Feminist Movement, the specificity and deeply psychological nature of what she captured transcended the movement itself. As Ms. Liftin told the New York Times this June, “As a feminist, she was not so much about marching. She took pictures that showed what the marching was about.”

Read more: In Memoriam: Remembering the Photographers We Lost in 2013 – LightBox

Career Opportunities at JHP

To become an Intern at JHP…

If you have an interest in photography, writing or non-profit, contact Executive Director Maureen McNeil at  to forward her your resume and cover letter. This is an internship position. Include in the subject line “I would like to Intern at JHP” 


To apply for the currently open part-time position of

“Assistant to the Executive Director”…

This position is 20 hrs per week. Looking for energetic experienced part time staff member to help run the office/programs/events. Must have excellent writing, computer and photography skills.

Please send resume with cover letter to Executive Director Maureen McNeil at with the subject line “Assistant to the Executive Director”


To apply for the position of “Development Consultant”…

This individual will be collaborating on stategic plans for foundation grants and for major gifts. Must have proven success as a grant writer.

Please send cover letter and resume to with the subject line “Development Consultant”


What JHP Has Given Me


When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” ―Maya Angelou


My Time Spent at Josephine Herrick Project


 By Brittany Connolly

Over the past year, I have given a lot of myself to the Josephine Herrick Project. More importantly however, is how much JHP has given to me. Starting here as an intern, still finishing up my psychology degree, unsure of my future, I was thrilled when JHP eventually gave me a job as Program Coordinator. It was the first job I have been proud of having, and the only one I have ever felt such a strong connection to.

I quickly began to learn the ins and outs of nonprofit from my superiors, and also that running a small organization without very much money was not an easy feat. Everyone needed to work closely together in order for us to function as a successful entity. From functions to fundraisers to charity auctions, it has been a long and sometimes tumultuous road but at the end of the day it was of course, all worth it.

Nothing was more important to me then seeing the impact JHP classes had on our students and with this I knew for certain that charity and human services was where I wanted to be. The VA programs we worked with hold a special place in my heart, coming from a family with Vietnam Era Veterans, reading the words of the Veteran individuals in our programs and being able to look at their photographs felt very personal. I can only imagine how different certain things may have turned out, for members of my family personally, had art therapy tools and creative expression been utilized with veterans sooner.  The thought of this makes me sad, but I regain my strength knowing that what we do now can only have a positive impact on future soldiers and ex military.  I remember looking through photographs of my uncle’s time in Vietnam; he was a kid, with a face very much like mine only brown from the sun.  There were no jobs when these men arrived home, people were very much against the war and at that time, unsupportive and judgmental of the young soldiers who had returned. Now at JHP I look through photographs of veterans from many wars, always beautiful photographs that many times tell stories about combat VS civilian life, and I feel extremely lucky. These talented and courageous people are given the opportunity to be creative, develop a skill, and most importantly tell their story.

Although my time here is coming to an end, as all things do, it marks a year of learning, growth and change for me, as well as our organization. As JHP continues to grow, I will also continue to support its mission and its students in any way I am able. Just having turned 24, I can safely say this is the most important thing I have been a part of, and the beginning of something incredibly exciting. Customers at my other job will occasionally ask what else I do, and regulars will joke that “She’s saving the world.” I laugh when this happens but of course, can’t help but feel a sense of pride in what we do here at JHP and what I myself am setting out to accomplish.

JHP is a wonderful organization that will no doubt be around for a very long time. Everything you do affects the lives of others and I am confidant when you give to an organization like this one you are creating a ripple that will absolutely contribute to changing a life for the better. I hate to overdo it with the quotes, but some things are better left said to those who know exactly how to say them.

“The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” -Mahatma Gandhi

At the end of the day, lift each other up, do what you feel is right, give to those who need it, and you will sleep soundly.

By Brittany Connolly

Program Coordinator

Josephine Herrick Project

Eat, Sip & Shoot – Holiday Networking Event

By Jackie Augustine

What a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season by networking and sharing our passion for photography and our passion for the mission of the Josephine Herrick Project, “enhancing lives through the power of photography.”  We were invited by Helen Kim of Club Ivoire (more about their mission to follow) to enjoy the evening, network and bring our volunteer photographers in to help answer question about how to use their personal cameras or even smartphones to take better photographs.

(Photo on above right) Maureen McNeil, Executive Director, JHP; Peter Neumann, professional photographer and JHP volunteer photographer and a guest holding a copy of American Photo and learning some great photo tips.

Miriam Leuchter (left photo, on right side), JHP Board Member, meeting & greeting and tasting some of the “healthy chocolate” by Jessica Romano (right photo, left side) of XocoLula.

The event took place at the amazing GE Monogram Design Center in the Architects and Design Building.  The awesome event allowed us to sip on Altaneve Prosecco, a bespoke bubbly procured by David Noto, nibble on small bites created by GE Monogram’s, Chef Tagere Southwell, and devour the delicious and healthy gluten-free chocolates made by Jessica Romano of Xocolula. And, of course, share some great photography tips, meet new friends, and take about our passion, The Josephine Herrick Project.

(Left) Rush Press and Mark Sorre of DFUZE Entertainment Media, LLC.  Stan Horaczek, (right) Editor is sharing the tips of the trade with a point-and-shoot camera. The attendees came to the event ready to dine, sip, and definitely learn to shoot better with their cameras.  One attendees came holding up three cameras saying: “OK I’m ready to learn more”.


(Left photo) Ron Leetal of Ron of NYSHUK, the Art of Couscous.  Professional photographer Ashok Sinha( right photo, center) from the cARTwheel Initiative, one of our program partners, leads a lively discussion and presentation on how to take better photos using your iPhone or other mobile devices.


David Noto (left photo, on right) of Altaneve Prosecco with guests.  Right photo on right features Chef Tagere Sotuhwell, who made some amazingly tasty treats, and an admirer, Karen Waltuck, Director of Consortium for Customized Employment at JOBPATH.

CLUB IVOIRE is the events arm of HK & Co. a life management, problem-solving concierge firm for family offices and discerning individuals. Their bespoke events are designed to be fun and educational.  In addition to lifestyle events that engage partners from the design, food, culture and arts worlds, their life management events cover a vast range of topics from family governance and alternative investments to medical and personal security issues. Businesses, conference organizers and individuals retain Club Ivoire’s services to help them align and develop deeper relationships with their clients and colleagues by delivering educational and lifestyle experiences that lead to effective and impactful results.

Special thanks to Russell Dian for capturing and sharing these wonderful photos of this event; to JHP volunteer professional photograhpers: Nousha Salimi, Peter Neumann, Ashok Sinha, Scott Nidermaiero; and to Stan Horaczek Editor for sharing their expertise.

Thank you Club Ivoire and Helen Kim for inviting us to be a part of your Holiday Party!  Best wishes to all for a very healthy and happy holiday and a prosperous new year!


Photograph​y Enhances Lives-Please Support Us This Holiday Season!!!


Dear Supporter,This has been a fantastic year of growth for the Josephine Herrick Project, which for seven decades has enhanced the lives of more than 100,000 Americans by teaching them the basics of photography—for free. Our nonprofit organization changed its name this year to honor our founder, whose twin passions for PHOTOGRAPHY + SERVICE we put into action every day.Through our free programs, military veterans, kids and adults with autism, at-­‐risk youth, formerly homeless New Yorkers, and other people in need connect with the world and share their experiences in their own photos and writing.And it’s all thanks to your help! Our programs depend entirely on the time and talent of our volunteer photographers, equipment donated by the photo industry, and funding support provided by people like you. Please join me in continuing Josephine’s legacy of photo & service.Donate now and help us create 2014 programs for students on our waiting list! Go to our website,, and send $50, $100 or $500 via PayPal or credit card. Or simply put a check in the mail to: Josephine Herrick Project, 64 Fulton Street, Suite 905, New York, NY 10038. JHP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit—please keep a record of your tax–deductible donation.Yours Sincerely,

Miriam Leuchter
American Photo and Popular PhotographyChairperson,
Josephine Herrick Project Holiday Appeal

“Nousha showed us how to use the camera. Now, when I am depressed, I go outside and take pictures and it just helps me relax.”
— Benjamin Marrero
JHP Bronx VA Program

“Photography makes me peaceful.”
—Akeem Bonaparte
JHP Student,
2013 Award Winner from President Obama for his volunteer services.

© 2013 Josephine Herrick Project

Reflections on 2013! What an amazing year!

By Sara Sweetwood

As 2013 winds down and we gear up for an exciting new year, it’s always worthwhile to take a look back at the past year. At JHP, 2013 was an exciting and eventful year. We are so proud of our participants and volunteers, and what we were able to accomplish together.

We kicked off 2013 with a huge change: a new name! Rehabilitation Through Photography became the Josephine Herrick Project. The name comes from our inspiring founder, Josephine Herrick, who began this organization in 1941 after the United States joined World War II. She organized a group of volunteers to take photographs of soldiers leaving for war and send the pictures home to their families. When wounded soldiers began to return home for hospital stays, Josephine joined them and taught them photography as a form of therapy to lift their spirits. We are so proud to bear the moniker of our esteemed founder, and continue to work to live up to her reputation as an inspiration, visionary, and philanthropist.

Throughout the year, we ran many free programs to aid those in the community who would benefit from learning photography as a way to express themselves.

Several of our programs were for children.

One was at the Block Institute, a Brooklyn-based school and service provider for developmentally disabled children. Todd Adelman, the Director of Special Projects at the Block Institute said, “The cameras and instruction that JHP offers makes a remarkable difference to what an organization can offer to its participants’ quality of life. They are no longer defined by their disability but can live up to their full potential. Learning photography teaches them to open their eyes, participate and be a partner in the world around them.”

We worked with Birch Family Services, which provides special schools, residences, and other services to individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities ranging in age from 3 to 72. Together with Birch Family Services, we take a group of teens once a month to fun destinations around the city to photograph. Some examples are Coney Island, the Museum of Natural History, the Wax Museum, the Botanical Garden, and the High Line.

We partnered with the International High School, which provides education to non-English speaking youth and recent immigrants. JHP provides IHS programs, helping students communicate in ways they never thought possible. Susan Sherman of IHS said, “On most days, students leave their homes in darkness and then return with a book bag of assignments, without pausing to see what is in their path during the round trip. JHP has enabled these high school students to pause and place their eye on the sites of their new home.”

We also partnered with IVDU, the Marilyn David School for emotionally challenged children and teenagers in Brooklyn. We worked with students in the Beacon After-school Program through University Settlement  and with L.O.V.E., or Leave out Violence. L.O.V.E. works to reduce violence in the lives of youth and our communities. Together, we try to inspire participants through photography.

We also partnered with programs for adults and veterans in 2013.

We worked with the Jewish Union, who runs an adult day care program where adults with physical and mental disabilities including cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, mental retardation and different levels of autism can participate in activities and programs. Our program partner at the Jewish Union said, “[JHP] provided a new and exciting way for our individuals to creatively express themselves.”

We ran a program out of the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx. It was an 8-week program in which our volunteer photography teacher, Nousha Salimi, worked closely with veterans and taught them lessons in photography. Following the program, the veterans’ work was exhibited with the goal of helping them tell their life stories. Jean T. Cooney of the Bronx VA said, “Our veterans are obtaining great benefit from the JHP Photography program. It provides them with a creative outlet that is positive and inspiring. Some of our veterans have suffered with years of depression and PTSD and this program really helps to lift their spirits and elevate them to another level.” Of the program, Benjamin, a disabled veteran, said, “Now when I am depressed I just go outside and take pictures and it just helps me relax.” Another student said, “It gives us veterans a purpose. Something to look forward to other than doctors’ appointments.”

This year we also worked with and ran programs out of the Henry Street Settlement, Footsteps, the Brooklyn VA , and the St. Albans VA in Queens.

We ended this year with a bang: our huge 2013 Modern Masters of Photography Benefit Auction! We were joined by our generous supporters and colleagues in selling off prints from some of today’s most revered names in photography, as well as our volunteers and program students. The event was a great success thanks to our friends in the photographic community!

With such a great year behind us, we could not be more excited to jump into 2014 and continue running free programs for those in the community who need our help. From everyone at JHP, we would like to thank all of our kind friends and supporters, and send out warm wishes during this holiday season.

From our offices to yours, Happy New Year!

“One Hand Snap” Concept Would Let You Use a Camera With Just Your Left Hand


By Jackie Augustine

I just read this great article by Time Barribeau of Popular Photography and was immediately interested.  My Mom had a stroke earlier this year and lost the use of her right hand.  What amazed me was her determination to use her left hand to propel her wheelchair, dress herself, brush her hair and teeth and ultimately learn to write.  The One Hand Snap described in this article could be another tool for her to return to her love of photography and bird watching.  It also got me thinking about some of our programs at JHP, many of our Veterans have physical disabilities and this could be an amazing solution to help them document their lives and allow them to express themselves.  Kudos to designed Xing Dawei (Dave Xing) for his creativity and sensitivity to the needs of people who love photography but can’t handle a DSLR due to physical imitations.  A new world is now open to them!  Here’s the article:

 How do you handle a DSLR if you only have one arm?

  • By Tim Barribeau on December 11, 2013 – Pop

Shooting a DSLR one-handed is a tricky prospect. If, for whatever reason, you only have the use of one of your limbs, you’re severely limited in how and when you can shoot a large camera. Small, light DSLRs can be used right-handed, but anything larger (or if you only have use of a left hand) is out. You could use a tripod and artfully compose each scene, but that cuts out many of the more dynamic photography options. But a new concept called One Hand Snap could change that — and for once it’s a camera concept that’s pretty feasible.

The core idea behind the One Hand Snap is to take advantage of the shutter release port. The design would put a silicone ring around your lens, with a large button on it, which would be connected to the port, letting you handle the camera with just one hand. The same hand would support the camera via the lens, and be able to fire the shutter.

Where the design pushes a bit outside of current technology is that it throws in the idea of adding a directional pad to the button, which could be used to change the camera’s settings. To the best of my knowledge, shutter release ports don’t allow for camera settings to be changed, just for taking the photo.

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