Carnegie Celebrates Youth Based Photography Programs

The NeON Arts exhibit at Carnegie Hall Resnick Education Wing was breathtaking last night. All seven NeON offices were represented by large, framed prints on easels and by bodies scattered throughout the foyer and main room. Each NeON office presented 5 physical photos and were part of a slide show of other captures throughout the evening. It was obvious that friends, family and probation officers were all blown away by the work of these young people who were either DoP clients or community members. Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President, said it best as we headed out of the space “We need to keep these programs going. They are important.”

This summer, the NeON Arts program partnered with organizations and individual photographers to lead seven groups of students around their neighborhoods with the goal of mapping assets and resources that serve the community or improve the lives of youth. The photos will be used in an online Google map and each of the seven NeON sites will host their own exhibit receptions of only their local work in the coming weeks.

JHP and the Harlem NeON focused on “Healthy Harlem.” Brandin, our student representative spoke truthfully last night to a crowded room of strangers, “When you come from the hood, you don’t always get to learn how to live healthy.” And that ladies and gentleman was the goal of the overall project—to introduce students to new ways of life that support their positive growth. Brandin was, to his own shock, later approached about an internship that would teach him all about healthy eating and living. Co-teaching photographers Wendy Correa and Alberto Vasari led this dynamic group and were able to make a real impact on the way these students see the world around them.

 

JHP and Harlem NeON participant Brandin presented Gail Brewer with a photo from his group.

The Harlem NeON team with Brandin and volunteer photographers Wendy and Alberto.

Queens Vet Wraps Up Summer with Photography Exhibit

Photography was in the background and foreground of the Queens Vet Center Open House that was held Friday, September 25th. On a big screen in the main room and scattered about the offices were the photographs taken by the veteran participants of an 8-week summer course hosted by JHP. Volunteer photographers Alberto Vasari and Maggie Carroll utilized their familiar indoor space and the local parks to guide participants with the camera.

Many of the veterans spoke on their love for working with the camera and their pleasure in learning from a fellow military man. We love when veterans teach veterans. We recognize the comfort and camaraderie that exists in these groups and also the veterans’ ability to see the world differently based on unique and sometimes troubled experiences. Thus, we find value in supporting their creative voice, vision and community engagement through our programs.

We love our partnership with the Queens Vet Center and look forward to more programs with this group. From start to finish we received tremendous support from Francisca, a beloved counselor at the Vet Center, who joined in the class each week. Thank you Queens Vet! See you soon.

Volunteer photographer Alberto with Queens Vet students.


 

Edward Mapplethorpe’s “Torso” featured in JHP’s Annual Benefit Party & Photography Auction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Edward Mapplethorpe

About “Torso” Print

This stunning black and white  photograph is an archival pigment print from 2004. It measures 24″ x 20″.  Valued at $3,000.

 

About Edward Mapplethorpe

Edward Mapplethorpe began his solo career in 1990 and was quickly acclaimed for his luminous nudes, portraits, and still life photographs. Since that time, his work has progressively incorporated painterly qualities and experimental working practices, seen throughout his distinguished bodies of work that include: Undercurrents (1992-94), Stars and Stripes (1994), Transmographs (2000), Compositions (2002), HAIR Transfer (2004; commissioned by Shiseido la Beauté), TimeLines (2007), TimeZones (2008), and The Variations (2011). His work has been widely exhibited throughout Asia, Europe and North and Latin America. In addition to his creative practice, Mapplethorpe has built a successful reputation through his commissioned photographs of one-year-old children. The artist was promoted in House and Garden Magazine as one of the top commissioned photographers of child portraits. Mapplethorpe’s editorial work has been included in AMICA, Blackbook, Interview, Mirabella, New York Magazine, and Paper Magazine. He has photographed advertising campaigns for Robert Lee Morris, Paul Morelli and a special Jeff Koon’s auction for Sotheby’s. Mr. Mapplethorpe was the recipient of the 2004 Henry Buhl Foundation Prize.

 

JHP Annual Benefit Party & Photography Auction

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

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.

 

JHP Program to Exhibit at Carnegie Hall

We’ve been busy this summer. One of our exciting new programs was in conjunction with NeON Arts, a program of the NYC Department of Probation in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. Participants from each of the seven NeOn Arts were guided through an asset mapping project led by professional photographers. JHP was given the opportunity to work with the Harlem NeON Arts team and volunteer teachers Alberto Vasari and Wendy Correa focused on a “Healthy Harlem” theme with their group. Students learned more about living healthy lives and maintaining healthy relationships from visits to the Harlem Grown office and farm, New York Restoration Project Gardens (Rodale Pleasant Park and Herb Garden), Work Hard. Train Harder! (gym and personal training) and a visit from When Love Works (relationship building).

This unique photo project introduced participants to new resources in their local communities with the opportunity to create an asset map using photographs taken of each of the five found assets. The photos will be used in an interactive Google map and will be on display in an exhibition and reception held at Carnegie Hall on Monday, September 28th. This reception is free and open to the public. Funding for NeON Arts programs is provided by the Open Society Foundations and grant money was awarded to JHP for this project by Carnegie Hall.

Participants capture the greenery at Rodale Pleasant Park.

Enjoying the fruits of labor in garden life.

Participant puts to work some new people skills learned from When Love Works.

Visit JHP at Photo Plus Expo Emmy Award Winner Lauren Greenfield Heads Lineup of Keynote Presenters at PhotoPlus Expo 2015

“LikeAGirl” Director and Award-winning Documentary Photographer and Filmmaker Lauren Greenfield Introduces Her Latest Work and Art Center Photo Chair Dennis Keeley Leads Expert Panel on the Rise of Street Photography 

 

NEW YORK (September 24, 2015) — Emerald Expositions, Inc. announced today the two keynote presentations that will be featured during its PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo, taking place October 21-24, 2015 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City.  The art of “Real Life” filmmaking and photography take center stage during the first of two keynote presentations when documentary photographer and filmmaker and Emmy award winner Lauren Greenfield presents her latest project, “WEALTH: The Influence of Affluence” on Thursday, October 22.  The second keynote will feature Dennis Keeley, chair of the Photo & Imaging department at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. moderating a panel of experts who will explore the growing interest in capturing everyday life known as the “Street Photograph” on Friday, October 23.  Both keynote presentations are scheduled from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. and attendees are encouraged to register and attend these two important keynote presentations while seats are available.  Entry into both keynote presentations is included with any PhotoPlus conference seminar pass, and those holding VIP Expo Passes will receive priority seating to both presentations.

 

“We are honored to have one of the most influential women photographer and filmmaker of our time present her keynote, ‘Fast Forward to the American Dream’ on Thursday during this year’s PhotoPlus Expo,” said Lauren Wendle, Vice President and Group Publisher of Photo+.  “Lauren Greenfield was named one of the top 10 directors in Adweek’s Most Creative 100 People of 2015 and earlier this month she won an Emmy Award for Best TV Commercial for #likeagirl, which went viral and completely changed the meaning of ‘like a girl.’ Lauren Greenfield is a prolific storyteller who takes important topics of the day and presents them in a way that is compelling, truthful, and thought-provoking. She is a powerful example for the PhotoPlus audience and a must-see at this year’s show. “In addition,” Ms. Wendle continued, “Dennis Keeley, along with a panel of experts will explore the evolution of street photography as it has emerged through social media to address the ‘global street’ during the keynote presentation on Friday.”

 

Anyone interested in attending the Keynote presentations at this year’s PhotoPlus Expo can register online at PhotoPlusExpo.com.

 

Thursday, October 22 – 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Fast Forward to the American Dream – Lauren Greenfield

Set against the backdrop of the financial crisis of 2008 and its aftermath, award-winning documentary photographer Lauren Greenfield will share her latest work, WEALTH: The Influence of Affluence, a 25-year examination of how the ideas of wealth and the American Dream have been productized, exported, and manifested around the globe.

 

Long considered a preeminent chronicler of youth culture, gender and consumerism, Greenfield is the author of three best-selling monographs (Fast Forward, Girl Culture and THIN), an award-winning director of four documentary films (THIN, kids+money, Beauty CULTure, and The Queen of Versailles), and the director of the international viral video #likeagirl, which she recently received and Emmy award for at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.

 

In Fall 2016, Phaidon will publish a major monograph of the work, alongside related exhibitions at the Annenberg Space for Photography in L.A. and the International Center of Photography in New York (including an original 30 minute documentary film).

 

Friday, October 23 – 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Street Photography: The Common and the Phenomenal (Panel Discussion)

Moderator:  Dennis Keeley

Panelists: Sally Davies, Jeffrey Scales, Ken Schles

Over the years image-makers have consistently employed original styles in capturing compelling images from the most commonplace or daily life of their time. Now, with Instagram, Facebook and a host of other social network sites, photographers can share their images instantly. Join Dennis Keeley, chair of the Photo & Imaging program at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, as he moderates a panel of remarkable talent, all coming together to explore new ways to define and practice one of the more fascinating and enduring documents in photography—the “Street Photograph.”

 

For more information and frequent updates, visit the PhotoPlus website, become a fan on Facebook, or follow PPE on Twitter.

 

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About PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo

Designed for professionals in the photographic and imaging industries as well as enthusiasts, PhotoPlus Expo showcases the latest advances in photography, digital imaging and filmmaking. Held annually at the Javits Convention Center, attendees have the opportunity to explore an inspiring array of photography and imaging products and services — all from the industry’s leading manufacturers. The show also offers seminars and intimate Photo Walks and Master Classes taught by world-renowned experts that focus on cutting-edge innovations and techniques.

 

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Chris Burkard’s “Chilian Coastline” featured in JHP’s Annual Benefit Party & Photography Auction

© Chris Burkard

 

“Chilian Coastline”

 

About Chris Burkhard

Chris Burkard is a self-taught photographer and artist, based in Central Coast California, whose work is layered by surf, outdoor, lifestyle and travel subjects. Burkard’s images are punctuated by energized landscapes and moments of bliss, by adventure seeking and the lifestyle that ensues, by movement and intuitive light-working capabilities. With the ocean as his main muse, Burkard has consistently captured this subject in timeless and expansive photographic impressions, utilizing the tool of surfing to approach the ocean’s intricate personality and then extending out to include the human personalities that draw meaning from this same source.

Searching for wild, remote destinations and offbeat landscapes, Burkard portrays the humble placement of the human in contrast to nature. At the age of 29, Burkard has established himself as a known name in the surf and outdoor industries, accomplished a deep body of work, held staff and senior photographer positions and has been recognized continually for his distinct creative compositions

JHP Annual Benefit Party & Photography Auction

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

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.

Josephine Herrick Project Elects New Executive Board led by Matt Sweetwood as the New President

 

Matt Sweetweed, New President Elect at Josephine Herrick Project

New York, NY, September 21, 2015 

Josephine Herrick Project (JHP) announces the election of a new Executive Board in preparation for the 2016 Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the organization. The new officers are: Matt Sweetwood, President, Miriam Leuchter, Vice President, Craig Nisnewitz, Secretary and Russell Pomeranz, Treasurer.

Matt Sweetwood was president of Unique Photo®, a state of the art camera store in New Jersey for 30 years. He has been credited with the reinvention the successful modern camera store, which included the highly acclaimed in-store education program, the Unique University®. Matt has been a regular contributor on national TV as a photography expert and currently is a business and marketing consultant to the photo industry.

Miriam Leuchter is the editor-in-chief of Popular Photography (PopPhoto.com) and American Photo (AmericanPhotoMag.com). In addition to spearheading the editorial content of both of these brands in both print and digital media, Miriam is responsible for the expansion of Popular Photography into books, video, and other arenas

Craig Nisnewitz has 30 years experience specializing in construction law, commercial litigation, arbitration, mediation, prosecution and defense of surety and bond claims, administrative law and prevailing wage claims under Federal and New York State labor laws.

Russell Pomeranz has 25 years of experience leading the finance and administration of nonprofit organizations with missions related to social services, education, the arts and think tanks. Most recently, Pomeranz started his own consulting firm, The Claverack Advisory Group.

Matt Sweetwood’s strong leadership as Vice President of JHP made him the logical person to become our President and to lead us into a benchmark year, “Our 75th Anniversary.” stated Jackie Augustine, outgoing President of Josephine Herrick Project. Matt has played a significant role in the organization from creating partnerships with major camera companies and securing both cash and camera donations and giving JHP national exposure in multi-media. His creative and occasionally unorthodox style is exactly what the organization needed to push us forward to the next level.”

“I am honored to be selected by my fellow board members as the next president of The Josephine Herrick Project” stated Matt Sweetwood. “I will do my best to work tirelessly to push forward JHP with dedication as our distinguished past presidents have. For over seven decades JHP has helped underserved communities and individuals in need through the communicative power of photography. I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve with our new and highly talented executive committee as well as staff volunteers and program participants. I look forward to continued growth and success for JHP through our 75th anniversary and beyond.”

Maureen McNeil, Executive Director declared. “Thank you to outgoing president, Jackie Augustine, for your years of service. Congratulations to the new executive team! We have a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our founder, Josephine Herrick, who remains a role model today and in telling her story, expand our mission to national audiences in our 75th year. I am looking forward to the teamwork ahead.”

Please join us in celebrating our new President and newly elected board when we host our annual Benefit Party and Photography Auction on Monday evening, October 19th at Affirmation Arts in New York City. You will have the chance to mix and mingle with legendary photographers, photographers who give back, industry leaders, and passionate volunteers PLUS enjoy the most exciting part of bidding on Original Prints from Douglas Kirkland, Man Ray, Robert Farber and Other Legendary Photographers

 

The current Board of Directors are: Matt Sweetwood, President; Miriam Leuchter, Vice President;, Craig M. Nisnewitz, Secretary; Russell Pomeranz, Treasurer; and directors Jackie Augustine (past president), Randy Bourne, Mark Hempel, John McGeary, Brett Morash, Richard Rabinowitz, Ron Sharpe (past president). Barbara Suen, and Theo Vaskevitch

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 veterans, children, teens, adults and seniors with the visual language of photography, enhancing their abilities to transform communities through artistic vision.

Josephine Herrick Project is entirely supported by tax-deductible donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.

 

To learn more visit our website at www.jhproject.org or join the conversation at:

Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/JosephineHerrickProject

Twitter https://twitter.com/JHP1941

Instagram http://instagram.com/jhproject

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/josephine-herrick-project

 

Program Spotlight: Kips Bay Library

After being introduced to a wide range of compositional elements, the active seniors at the Kips Bay branch of the New York Public Library concluded their 8-week program with a final exhibition reflecting abstract images of city life.

The ordinary became extraordinary for two hours every Tuesday as students walked the streets of Manhattan putting to practice their new lessons. The program produced a final exhibit that hangs in the Kips Bay branch community room. Participants invited friends and family to the reception and we even had a visit from Jesus Perez, representative of Manhattan Borough President Gail Brewer’s office.

The participants were a spirited bunch and are already looking forward to another program they can join.

JHP and the Kips Bay program were also featured in Town and Village bringing great local attention to the good work happening in the community. After much support from NYPL and excitement over the coming exhibit,
additional prints were made and images have been framed for the public. You can view the exhibit at the Kips Bay branch 2nd floor community room.

Photos before they meet the white walls.

 

Heidi with her print.

Michael taking in fellow classmate artwork.


Carol shining bright with her print.

Town and Village article. Images by: Shelley W. (Kips Bay participant)

Program Spotlight: Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh NY



This summer, Josephine Herrick Project (JHP) and the Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh New York in conjunction with Safe Harbors of the Hudson partnered to bring a social justice focused photography workshop to the youth of Newburgh. Under the direction of Vincent Cianni, photographer, educator and social justice advocate, Richard Rabinowitz, director of the Digital Photo Academy, and Josephine Herrick board member and Jose Vasquez, director of programming at Boys & Girls Club of Newburgh, twelve young photographers documented the streets of Newburgh for five weeks with cameras aimed at capturing the essence and local resources of the community. The results of their investigation are on view in the exhibition: Newburgh: Past, Present and Future. 

An opening reception was held August 26th, but photographs will be on view from August 26 through mid-November, 2015 at Safe Harbors on the Hudson in the Lobby at the Ritz (107 Broadway, Newburgh).

“We couldn’t be more excited about our collaboration with Safe Harbors and the Josephine Herrick Project and we are honored to have Vincent Cianni volunteer his time and work with our Club members. The Boys & Girls Club of Newburgh believes strongly in the value of a quality arts education and the impact it can have on youth.  We are incredibly proud of the work our members produced and look forward to celebrating their accomplishments at their exhibit.” – Kevin D. White, Executive Director, Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh