JHP launches first Veteran’s Program in NJ at Unique Photo


By Jackie Augustine – September 30, 2014

Are you a Veteran and interesting in learning digital photography for FREE?

Join the Josephine Herrick Project (JHP) for an 8-session introduction to digital photography at Unique Photo in Fairfield, NJ!

Using Canon Rebel DSLR cameras, this 8-session program will focus on several different subjects, including portraiture, still life, outdoor photography, special effects, macro photography, and much more.


Classes start Saturday, October 11th at 10am to noon at Unique Photo in Fairfield, NJ.

Instructors include Harmon Kaplan, Rick Gerrity, Michael Downey, and Jackie Augustine.
Canon DSLR cameras will be provided for use during class.


This program is FREE RSVP for VETERANS ONLY.
Please do not enroll if you are not a veteran.
Enroll early!  Only 15 spots available.

Our Instructors for the program

Harmon Kaplan


Rick Gerrity

Michael Downey


Jackie Augustine


About Josephine Herrick Project’s Veteran Program

Since its founding in 1941, JHP has had a distinguished legacy of offering free programs to veterans. Dr. Howard Rusk, renowned rehabilitation pioneer, tapped photographer Josephine Herrick to train photographers to teach the art and technical aspects of photography to wounded soldiers. Portable darkrooms were designed so that bed-bound patients could learn to develop and print the photos they had taken. Today the Josephine Herrick Project has programs for veterans at the Brooklyn VA, the James J. Peter VA Hospital in the Bronx, and the St. Albans VA Hospital in Queens. Other veteran programs are in partnership with libraries, colleges and Services for the Underserved. Here is a link to The Today Show featuring a JHP program which aired on July 4, 2014, http://www.today.com/video/today/55575203&hl=en.

The goal of the free JHP photography programs for veterans is to connect participants to their communities. JHP provides at no cost, cameras, supplies, materials and professional instructors. The program introduces veterans to the camera, focusing on portraiture, still life, street photography and photojournalism. Selected veteran photographs are then exhibited in venues around NYC and the surrounding area, enhancing their ability to transform communities through their artistic vision.

For more information about JHP veteran programs, please contact maureen@jhproject.org or 212-213-4946.






Finding Josephine: 1945 Rehabilitation Photography at St. Albans Hospital

By Jackie Augustine – September 25. 3014

Photo Caption: A Group of patients in the Rehabilitation Photography class being conducted at St. Albans Naval Hospital, St. Albans, Long Island, New York under the AWVS War Service Photography.  Mrs. Henry R. Johnston is explaining the use of hand cameras to these men before they start taking their problem pictures.  Mrs. Johnston is Chairman of the Rehabilitation Photography Program at St. Albans.

Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to meet at the NY Public Library with a dozen volunteers to dig in the archives and uncover the “untold story” of our founder Josephine Herrick.  I was intrigued by a stack of AWVS bulletins that were not digitized yet and in need of some TLC in handling.  AWVS was the newsletter for the American Women Volunteer Services that played a major role in helping our soldiers during and after World War II.

The picture above intrigued me because it was taken at St. Albans Hospital in Long Island. Fast forward to 2014 and JHP volunteer photographer Scott Nidermeyer has been working with ten of the oldest of the veterans from WWII. His goal is to teach the artistic and technical processes of photography. As their hearing, dexterity and eye sight wane, photography is tool to help them tell their stories. After an eight week program, an exhibition of their work was displayed at the Hospital. St. Albans is the location of JHP’s first photography program in 1941.


Own Rick Friedman’s the “Greats of Rock & Roll” visit the new JHP Professional Photographers Gallery Today!

By Rick Friedman – Posted September 24, 2014

This photograph of Keith Richards, Chuck Berry and Leonard Cohen was taken prior to the Pen Literary Awards (Poets/Playwrights, Essayists/Editors, Novelists) at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston on February 26, 2012.  I was on assignment for the J.F.K. Library and was the only photographer in the room when this image was made.  The 3 rock greats posed for me for the time it takes to make 3 frames.  The photograph has been published in “Rolling Stone” and Keith Richards has blogged about the photograph.


Dimensions:  26″ x 18″

Creation Date:  February 26,2012



About Rick Friedman

Rick Friedman has been a photojournalist for over three decades. Based in Boston, he travels the world for numerous publications, corporations, advertising assignments and film and television productions. His published work appears in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News, The New York Times, USA Today, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Stern, Discover and many other publications. He has produced over 75 book and magazine covers.

Rick is currently the President of the Boston Press Photographers Association. He has won awards from the American Society of Media Photographers, the National Press Photographers Association, and the Boston Press Photographers Association. He has work in the permanent collection of the Newseum in Washington, DC and has had one man shows at Boston City Hall and the Boston Public Library in addition to having his work displayed in numerous other shows.

Rick has photographed every presidential candidate from Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama and is currently covering the 2012 presidential campaign.

Rick has photographed several thousand professors and scientists for both for publications and for major universities. His archives contain one of the largest private collections of portraits of professors, scientists and doctors.

Rick, who is known for his lighting techniques is currently on his 13 city U.S. Location Lighting Workshop Tour. He recently completed a 10 city “Location Lighting workshop Tour” of England, Ireland and Wales sponsored by Canon and the “Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers” Rick also teaches at photographic workshops and lectures at colleges and universities.

“One of the greatest things about being a freelance photojournalist is the great variety of assignments I get to cover and the places I get to go. I could be covering the President one day, spending the following day with a noted scientist or professor (or both) and the following day overseas on a travel story. I truly have the best job in the world”.

Rick’s work can be seen at: http://www.rickfriedman.com/


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!


Please visit the Online Gallery at:

JHP Welcomes Director of Photography Krista Kennell

By Maureen McNeil, Executive Director – September 23,2014

I am proud to announce that photojournalist Krista Kennell has joined the Josephine Herrick Project staff as Director of Photography. She will work closely with me to grow the JHP photography community, gain multimedia attention using current and archival materials, spearhead a national veterans photography program, and engage in special projects such as the Photo Canteen, a private online site for veterans to share photographs, and a documentary on the JHP founder and photographer Josephine Herrick.

Our other staff members include, Elana Hart, Development Director; Nousha Salimi, Photo Editor; and Vik Gupta, Financial Administrator. Going forward, with more than twenty-five partnership programs annually, Krista joins a strong team. The board of directors, the staff, and the JHP community are working together to meet JHP’s goals for our 75th anniversary in 2016.

All journalists tell stories and Krista is one of the best. She reaches a wide spectrum of society by publishing her photographs in national and international magazines, newspapers and television, from Hollywood’s red carpet, music and high fashion to the stories of men and women in the military and firefighters on the ground.  Her images from the 2013 Yarnell Fire in Arizona were widely recognized and published. She also helped lead the effort to raise money for the families of the 19 Yarnell firefighters who lost their lives.

In the past, Krista held the position of West Coast director and photographer for the military nonprofit Heartsapart.org in honor of her friend, conflict photojournalist Chris Hondros, who was killed in Libya in 2011. Heartsapart.org was honored by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden at the White House as part of the Joining Forces Community Challenge in 2012.

Krista studied photojournalism at the University of Missouri Columbia’s journalism school and worked as a photographer and/or picture editor for many large picture agencies and newswires.



by Maureen McNeil, Executive Director – September 19, 2014

On Saturday, September 20, 2014, a dozen or more volunteers will search the 5th avenue and 42 Street Library databases and print records with research librarian Philip Sutton for traces of Josephine Herrick’s life and work.  He has assured me that we will be amazed at the small details of Herrick’s life that will surface.

Two events in her life that we do know about:

  1. In 1959 Herrick had an exhibition at the library but we do not know at this time which of her images were displayed.
  2. Herrick was one of the “atomic girls” who worked at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, documenting the making of the bomb, although she was not included in the recent book of that title. A letter has been found in the Josephine Herrick Project from the president of the United States thanking her for her service.

Check out today’s OpEd regarding the search for Josephine Herrick at http://www.womensenews.org . Help stop women from disappearing from the history books.

The one point I am hoping to better understand is Herrick’s arc of self-discovery. After graduating from Bryn Mawr and the Clarence H. White School of Photography, Josephine spent the 1920s and 30s at her portrait studio photographing debutantes. But from the 1940s until her death in 1973 she combined her passion for photography with public service.  What caused the lifelong about face? How can we teach people today that it is an option for all of us to move away from promoting the status quo and devote our lives to making lasting social change?


Buy Donna Ferrato’s “Tribeca 91101″ on the JHP Professional Photographers Gallery Today!

Photo by Donna Ferrato 

“Tribecca 91101”

By Maureen McNeil – September , 2014

Donna Ferrato is the kind of passionate and generous artists I dream of meeting. Not only is she an iconic downtown photographer with a fabulous loft and two very talented acrobatic cats, she has won many photography awards for her work on domestic violence, gender equity, and women’s rights. Having covered conflicts worldwide for two decades, she is also intent on documenting her Tribeca neighborhood, especially since the World Trade Tower bombing in 2001. This image “2 No. Moore Landmark Structure with AT&T building Tribeca 1006,” included in her book TRIBECA 91101-91111, is one of seventy-four black and white images that feel like her personal iconic space, something she has gazed upon many times. Her Tribeca photographs feel like attempts to stop, as she said, “so many beautiful things from disappearing in front of our eyes.”

I met up with Donna a second time last November at the opening of her exhibition at the Leica Gallery. She was wearing a stunning purple hat, in celebration of her TRIBECA collection, and enjoying a lively crowd of patrons.



Medium:  Black and white Fiber print

Creation Date:  2006


Value: $1,700

Story: “This view preserved by the camera is of the AT&T building through the landmark structure at 2 North Moore Street now gone”



About Donna Ferrato

Donna is a renowned photojournalist whose seminal work on domestic violence opened up – for the first time – the hidden world that people did not want to confront. The corresponding book, Living with the Enemy, Aperture 1991, went through four printing The mission of her “I am Unbeatable” campaign is to save lives, to end suffering, to lead young women away from the cycle of domestic violence to freedom. Her work was featured on the cover of Time twice and then she took the story into the White House for a private meeting with Hillary Clinton.

 Donna has evolved from her photojournalism roots and has become an artist whose subject is where she calls home. Anyone who runs across her on these downtown streets can tell you, she is seldom without her Leica.

Ferrato has been a member of the Executive Board of Directors for the W. Eugene Smith Fund; she was the president and founder of Domestic Abuse Awareness (a 501-c3) and she is now a member of Facing Change Documenting America (FCDA). Recognized many times with professional honors (W. Eugene Grant, Robert F. Kennedy Award for Outstanding Coverage of the Plight of the Disadvantaged, International Women in Media Courage in Journalism Award, Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism, and the city of New York officially declared “Donna Ferrato Appreciation Day” for her work as a women’s advocate.)

Michael Imperioli, actor, writer and TriBeCa resident, said, “Donna Ferrato miraculously manages to capture TriBeCa from two completely distinct points of view at the same time. She can stand at a distance with the objective eye of a compassionate, awestruck outsider as well as take us inside the heart of our big city hamlet with the love and care that only a native could possibly possess.”


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!


Please visit the Online Gallery at:


FREE Pass for Photo Plus Expo Courtesy of JHP!

JHP President, Jackie Augustine and JHP Executive Director, Maureen McNeil at PhotoPlus Expo 2013


Join Josephine Herrick Project at the PhotoPlus Expo Oct 30 – Nov 1 at Javits Center Register before October 28th and get a 3-day Expo Pass for free! The PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo is the largest photography and imaging show in North America, attended by over 22,000 professional photographers and enthusiasts. Explore over 220 exhibits, see thousands of new products, attend over 80 conference seminars, keynote presentations, special events & more.

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

Creation Date:  




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!


Please visit the Online Gallery at:








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 Blurb.com with selections of their favorite photographs.