Josephine Herrick Project Partners with the New York Council for the Humanities

Photograph of Josephine at Chautauqua

JHP is happy to announce that we received a vision grant from The New York Council for the Humanities to continue our research into the life of our founder, Josephine Herrick. Josephine Herrick was an amazing woman who was an artist, philanthropist and businesswoman in the mid- 20th century. We have been finding out some amazing things. We recently received copies of a surveys she filled out as an alumna of Bryn Mawr and hundreds of pictures taken by her at Chautauqua Institute in the 1950s and 1960s. The grant will be used to bring together an advisory group that will search for more information about Josephine and decide on the content of a Josephine Herrick exhibition that will be part of our 75th anniversary celebrations next year.

The New York Council for the Humanities is dedicated to helping all New Yorkers lead vibrant intellectual lives by strengthening traditions of cultural literacy, critical inquiry, and civic engagement.

Program Spotlight- S:US Knickerbocker Veterans

Knickerbocker Participants with Volunteer Photographers

Yesterday, veterans from Services for the Underserved (SUS): Knickerbocker Housing culminated their photography program with an in-house photography exhibition. Over the last eight weeks, the small but dedicated group traveled with cameras in tow to various Brooklyn locations learning from JHP volunteer photographers Nousha Salimi and Vik Gupta. On their final meeting, the vets erected their own showcase of photography and accompanyingcaptions. The exhibition comprises photos representing their trips to places like Prospect Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Brooklyn Botanical Garden.

Opportunities to engage photography and communicate with the outside community are necessary for our veteran groups, especially those in shared housing. “This is good for us,” says Israel, resident and participant, “to leave here and see something different. We need it.” The mission of JHP is to support groups like the veterans at Knickerbocker by offering programming that contributes creativity, positivity and new experiences into their lives. This was the second program collaboration between JHP and S:US.

Even more exciting, JHP received an award from the NEA to support teaching artist Nousha Salimi in her photography practice and work in the social justice community. Nousha’s work and the veteran’s photos will reach a larger audience in an exhibition on the Lower East Side from June 22-25.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how NEA grants impact individuals and communities, visit

Larry hanging his artwork.

Walter placing photos.

Wes and his photos. 

Introducing: Isadora! JHP Volunteer Videographer

Lately, we have seen a lot of Isadora Frost–our new volunteer videographer! With tripod and camera in tow, she has already captured our professional development meetings, interviews with staff and interns in the JHP office, the Job Path Exhibition Opening, and the Brain Injury Survivors photo program on the streets of Williamsburg with fellow volunteers, Vik Gupta and Alberto Vasari. You will see her again at the June 3rd Award Ceremony, documenting our celebration of a year of programming at JHP.

Isadora is from Brazil and new to New York City. She received a BA in Fine Arts from San Francisco Art Institute and has a BA in Performance and Dance from Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Soa Paulo, Brazil. We are very lucky to have Isadora as an intern and volunteer. She is fun, easy to work with, and is an excellent editor!

Soon, you can catch some of her JHP short videos on YouTube. Stay tuned.

Saluting our Veterans on the 40th Anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War

JHP NJ Veterans Program at Unique Photo 2014

May, 7, 2015 – By Jackie Augustine

Today marks the 40th Anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. We would like to thank all veterans who have served our country.  The Josephine Herrick Project was started by Josephine Herrick during World War II.  Her concept was to help returning soldiers in hospitals learn photography as a method of helping them recuperate and,  in some cases, as a viable career option.  Today, the Josephine Herrick Project reaches a myriad of underserved population but Veterans are still a strong segment of who we serve.

Currently we have programs in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island and New Jersey.  Using Canon Rebel DSLRs, we teach the students to express themselves “through the Power of Photography.”  One of the most compelling lesson day occurred when each Veteran was asked to bring an item that was “special to them” to photograph. We’ve seen favorite shirts, cool guitars, mementos from various countries but my favorite was the great photo below of soldiers “dog tags”.  This moving photo says it all.


Maybe this photo spurred me to volunteer to be part of the inaugural JHP NJ Veteran program at Unique Photo.  We had Veterans of all ages and several Vietnam Veterans and the camaraderie was amazing.  Plus, not only were all the students Veterans, but so were the instructors. The great team of volunteer instructors were Harmon Kaplan, Rick Gerrity and Michael Downey. What a wonderful group of guys!

To see more about the Josephine Herrick Project Veteran Program at Unique Photo check out the book we made on blurb.  Remember your purchase of this book will help us reach more Veterans and teach them about the “power of photography.”

To all Veterans, we thank you for your service!

To all Veitnam Veterans, we also salute the 40th Anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War and your service!

Celebrating JHP Volunteer Teachers

Volunteer Photographer Vik Gupta with Student | Photo Credit: Nousha Salimi

During Teacher Appreciation Week, and every week at JHP, we celebrate our amazing team of photography teachers. Our programs depend on the hard work, skill and passion of our dedicated volunteers who stand week after week in front of our diverse student groups. From preschoolers to veterans, our instructors interact with participants by sharing knowledge, cultivating creativity and offering practical skills that strengthen the student’s voice. Our programs offer the opportunity to learn photography and intentionally engage students in themes of identity, voice and social justice in their communities.

 To our teachers and all teachers, we appreciate you.

Volunteer Photographer Nousha Salimi with Student | Photo Credit: Afiya Williams

Volunteer Photographer Romina Hendlin with Student | Photo Credit: Afiya Williams

Volunteer Photographer David Mark Erickson | Photo Credit: Afiya Williams