Program Spotlight: JHP Summer Internship

Our office was buzzing this summer!

Earlier this year, two students visiting from Brazil to study photography at Parsons approached JHP about an internship. They learned of our organization and felt that our mission closely aligned with what they seek to do with their photography skills in their home countries—engage the community. Fernanda Verdi and Betina Schmitt sat down with the JHP staff and outlined a very special internship program.

The two photography students would serve as instructors and create a mini-photography program that would be held in our office and their participants would be two students from the Pace University OASIS program and one from Cooke Center Academy, all of whom had already completed one JHP program. Their decided focus was social justice and each of them, instructors included, would consider an issue and then work to capture photographs within their chosen theme.

Participants each created their own Blurb books to feature their work. Malcolm looked at poverty in the city while Nils investigated American culture in NYC. Michael used images to create an anti-bullying campaign poster and Betina and Fernanda created a book that highlighted the 2015 Pride parade and commissioned other visiting artists to contribute.

This small but dynamic group met twice a week for five weeks and split their time between discussing social justice issues, learning photography and walking the city to take photos. Though our two visitors have returned to Brazil to continue their studies, we are so grateful that they joined the JHP family this summer and contributed even more to the growth of our participants and to the valuable work that we do.

-A.S.W.

David Wells’ “Mirror Inside Foreclosure, Providence, Rhode Island” featured in JHP’s Annual Benefit Party & Photography Auction

 

A mirror left inside a foreclosed house in Providence, Rhode Island, United States
A mirror left inside a foreclosed house in Providence, Rhode Island, United States

 

David Wells’ “Mirror Inside Foreclosure, Providence, Rhode Island” is just one of the many amazing photographs featured in JHP’s Annual Benefit Party & Photography Auction. Read the story behind this artist’s quest.

 

Things They Left Behind: Wells’s Photos Of Foreclosed Homes

By Greg Cook the Artery

A pacifier discarded on the floor. Boxes of Christmas decorations. An American flag wadded up and wedged between a towel rack and a bathroom wall.

Since 2009, David H. Wells has been recording the human cost of our Great Recession that began the year before by photographing the things people left behind when they abandoned foreclosed homes.

In the Providence photographer’s heartbreaking exhibit “Foreclosed Dreams,” organized by guest curator Viera Levitt at Yellow Peril Gallery (60 Valley St., #5, Providence, through May 12), he documents toys, credit reports, martial arts trophies and family heirlooms jettisoned in homes in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.

A pile of half eaten toast lies on a plate in a kitchen in a Huntington Park, Calif. A black and white photo of a uniformed serviceman embracing a woman is tucked behind (what looks to be) an electric cord in a Providence home.

Read more:http://artery.wbur.org/2013/05/03/david-wells-foreclosed

 

About David Wells

David Wells is a freelance publication photographer.His works has been shown at the Houston Fotofest and the Visa pour l’Image Festival in Perpignan, France. His project on the pesticide poisoning of California Farm Workers was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He has won two Fulbright Scholoarships,

 

JHP Annual Benefit Party & Photography Auction

This year’s event will feature a photography auction of more than 35 prints donated by well-known photograpaphers.

Proceeds from the Benefit Party and Photography Auction will support Josephine Herrick Project programs. The upcoming Benefit Party and Auction is another excellent opportunity for the community to support arts education for veterans, youth impacted by poverty and all communities in the tri-state area. To purchase tickets, please follow this link: www.jhproject.org/benefit. 

 

About the Josephine Herrick Project

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: OASIS at Pace University

The OASIS Program at Pace University is dedicated to supporting students with a variety of learning differences and for a second year, JHP has partnered to bring an intimate photography program to their population.

This year, four students alongside volunteer photographers Elena Bernstein and Margaret Dessau walked the Financial District streets taking note of the different sites in their immediate community. Different than other programs, the OASIS students each created their own Blurb.com book featuring their photographs from each week of the program. Though the group was small, the participants experienced a strong program and received one-on-one attention from the photographers enhancing the participants’ use of individual voice in capturing images.

We are grateful for such a strong partnership with Pace University and look forward to more programs and events.

JHP Celebrates: Jamie’s One Year at JHP

In the summer of 2014, Jamie joined the JHP team as a volunteer with an interest in enhancing our social media presence and supporting events and activities. A photographer herself, Jamie fits right into our community and may soon begin volunteering as a teaching artist in our community programs. Check out her work!

We love having her as part of the family and truly appreciate all of her dedication to spreading the good word about Josephine Herrick Project. Looking forward to another great year with you Jamie.

Thank you for all that you do!

JHP Remembers: Ian Mark Jones, Photographer

RIP Ian Mark Jones, Photographer

April 29, 1983 – August 10, 2015

Our condolences to the family of New York photographer, Ian Jones, 32, who passed away following a kayak accident on the Hudson River Saturday morning.

As a photographer, Jones worked on a project titled “Street Kids,” which “casts a photographic lens on the street-kid culture of the East Village.”

Here’s more about that project:

“It began as a collaborative effort between Jones and Grey Magazine’s editor-in-chief Valentina Martin. Both were fascinated by the hardcore resiliency and youthful vibrancy of the “unknown” youth of Tompkins Square. Agreeing from the start that neither one of them would profit, they developed Street Kids with the intention to philanthropically support the kids using fashion photography as a medium. Offering $200 in cash to the kids for one day of photographing, Jones began the process of casting the subjects that would make up his photographs…” MTV plans to develop a six part documentary series about the project this fall.

Learn more about the project here http://bastardfanzine.com/street-kids.

Josephine Herrick Project Announces Benefit Party and Photography Auction to Support Foundation’s Community Photography Programs, Exhibitions, and Publications

 ©Amanda Means

Original Prints from Douglas Kirkland, Amy Arbus, Man Ray, Robert Farber and Other Legendary Photographers Highlight New York Fundraising Gala in October

 

NEW YORK – August 11, 2015 — The Josephine Herrick Project (JHP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating students through the communicative power of photography, will host its annual Benefit Party and Photography Auction on Monday evening, October 19th at Affirmation Arts in New York City. Proceeds from the event will help support and sustain the foundation’s extensive community and youth programs which center on photography as a powerful learning and communications tool.

 

The focal point of the evening will center on its live (and online) auction of original photographs from some of the world’s most notable and legendary photographers, whose proceeds represent approximately 25% of the foundation’s operating budget to continue funding education programs for adults and children nationwide. The list of photographers who have donated prints to the auction are a venerable who’s who in the world of photography including Robert Farber, Michael Kenna, Marion Post Wolcott and Douglass Kirkland. In cooperation with Paddle8, a New York-based auction house, art lovers around the world will be able to bid on their favorite photographs online.

 

“Since 1941, The Josephine Herrick Program has brought the magic of photography to more than 100,000 disadvantaged Americans and the core of its success lies with the unwavered support of the photographic community,” explains Jackie Augustine, president of JHP and Jackie Augustine Consulting. “This annual event is a great representation of how artists, manufacturers, and executives from the photo community work together for a common cause.”

 

For additional information about the Benefit Party and Photography Auction or to learn more about the Josephine Herrick Project, please visit jhproject.org.

 

About the Josephine Herrick Project

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.

 

JHP Celebrates: Volunteer Photographers!

Tuesday evening, July 28, the JHP community relaxed on a beautiful roof deck on the Lower East Side, thanks to the generosity of Bradley and Elana Hart. We call it the annual BBQ because of the summer appeal, but for two years now have served delicious Mexican food from Dos Toros along with beer or a bright and bubbly Prosecco. A nice blowing breeze and the gorgeous East River and New York City sunset views turned a hot night into a cool event. It was a fantastic way to connect and say thank you to all the very special people who teach our programs, help us with videography, participate on committees, and serve on our board. And to those who could not attend, we couldn’t succeed without you!

JHP board members and photographers chat.

JHP photographer Vik and former participant and current Advisory Board member Akeem.

Board member Matt snaps shots of volunteer photographer Romina and guest.

JHP Executive Director Maureen and Program Coordinator Afiya chat with guests while Matt snaps the photographer Sheridan and the beautiful LES view.

Words: Elana H. | Photos: Russell Dian