Our Teaching Artists and Other Artists

JHP has a stable of teaching artists. Our teaching artists are generally professional photographers, including seasoned and well known and mid career artists, as well as those just starting out in the profession. Many of our teachers may also have started careers in other fields but have built up years of photography and teaching experience.

Our teaching artists work for JHP because they believe in the mission of JHP; the value of the time they commit and the quality of their teaching and of its impact on their students far exceeds the stipends JHP offers: JHP remains eternally grateful to them.

Below represent many, but not all of those who work with us currently.


Should you be interested in applying to become a Teaching Artist or as a Photo editor or Videographer available for one/two day shoots, please contact Erica Reade at info@jhproject.org.







Farah Marie Velten

Born in Sausalito CA, Farah Marie Velten is a NYC based teaching artist practicing photography focusing on analogue and alternative printmaking processes. In addition to teaching with JHP, Farah assist teaches at International Center for Photography (ICP), has taught at ICP The Point, Chelsea HSFI, as well as in Patagonia Chile, Bretagne France, and Malmö Sweden. She recently was a participating artist in Kulturföreningen Triennal’s Agrikultura where she developed her project Agriphoto-Culturagraph, exploring the relationship between art and agriculture in Hyllie Sweden. Farah has exhibited work in New York, California, Sweden, and has published her photography as cover art for academic journals and music albums. farahmarievelten.com










Ellen Jacob

Ellen is a visual artist/photographer and educator interested in social justice. Her work has been widely covered. She is a recipient of a Ford Foundation grant, and has performed work under grants from Knight, Kresge and Google foundations. She exhibits internationally and holds a BFA with honors from Pratt.  http://ellenjacob.com/







Mara Catalán

Mara Catalán was born in Madrid and she has lived in Spain, Mexico, and the United States, working both as a photographer and a fine art B&W printer. Her photography has been published and exhibited extensively in Europe, Mexico, and the United States. Her first monograph, Williamsburg, A Place I Once Called Home, will be published by Red Hook Editions in December 2018.  Mara lives in Brooklyn, New York.  https://www.maracatalan.com/


Robin Dahlberg

Robin is an award-winning photographer and arts educator whose work is in the permanent collection of the New York Public Library and New York’s Museum of Modern Art.  She strives to tell compelling stories, focusing on how ordinary people respond to the challenges of every day life. Robin became a photographer after working as a civil rights attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union for many years.  She holds degrees from Stanford University, New York University School of Law, the One-Year Certificate Program in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the International Center for Photography and the MFA Program in Photography at the University of Hartford.



Wendy Correa

Wendy Correa has a professional history as a photo producer, documentarian, and photo instructor in between. She works to inspire NYC youth to develop self-awareness and make a difference in their communities through. Wendy was raised in Queens, and has traveled extensively to document stories of protest, community and identity.




Nousha Salimi, Photo Editor   www.noushasalimi.com

I was born in 1976 Tehran, Iran, I grew up in France till her mid teens then moved back to Iran. There, I finished my studies and graduated with a BA in photography in 1998 from University of Art and Architecture of Tehran. I moved to Dubai, UAE in 2001 where I began to work as a freelance photographer for various agencies covering events and stories in the middle east and internationally. I am currently based in Brooklyn and work as a freelance photographer. I have been an onset photographer for Pepsi and Toyota (TV film work commercials). I have also worked for ArabianEye photo agency, Eye on Earth Summit (Dubai), Polaris Images, and Gulf Photo Plus teaching digital photography workshops. I am a volunteer at UNICEF, Dessine L’Espoir (HIV prevention campaign in Romania), WFP (world food program) UAE, Al Noor (center for kids with special needs) UAE, and TCV (Tibetan Children Villages) in Dharamsala, India. I am fluent in English, French, Farsi, and basic Arabic.


Rick Gerrity  | www.rickgerrity.com

I am a professional photographer based in the NY/NJ metro area for over twenty-five years.  I specialize in people, product and location photography throughout the United States and Canada. Clients include BMW, Canon USA, IBM, Panasonic, NYK Lines, Sharp Solar Energy Solutions Group, Bausch and Lomb, Oleg Cassini and Becton Dickinson.

I have a passion for transforming seemingly ordinary, everyday moments into extraordinary images.  I’ve had the privilege to teach many classes at the Phyllis L. Susser for Exceptional Children.

Jill Enfield  |  www.jillenfield.com

I am a fine art and commercial photographer. I have spent 20 years in photography with a focus on still lives and landscapes but recently turned my attention to portraits. I have taught handcoloring and non-silver techniques at schools in New York City and throughout the USA and Europe. My personal work is in collections and has appeared in many magazines throughout the world.  My commercial clients include Fortune Magazine, Kodak, Hasselblad, Nikon, Penguin Putnam, Inc., St. Martin’s Press, LIFE, and my personal work has appeared in Camera Art’s, Hasselblad’s FORUM Magazine, Nikon World, Camera & Darkroom Techniques, ZOOM and others.  My book “Photo Imaging: A Complete Guide to Alternative Processes” won the Golden Light Award for Best Technical Book of 2002.

Louisa Summer  | www.louisasummer.com

I am German born and raised and have a Masters of Fine Arts in Photography. My professional photography pursuits have taken me from Germany to India, Spain, and NY. My photographs have been featured in exhibits both internationally and within the United States. My current project, Jennifer, focuses on the plight of urban poverty in the United States. My photo documentary shows how a 25-year-old mother, in spite of difficult living conditions, poverty, desolation, and illness, manages to maintain an optimistic disposition while thoroughly caring for her children.

I also teach photography at Washington Irving High School to teenagers with special needs and at the Henry Street Settlement for residents that are former homeless people with disabilities.

Sahara Borja | www.featuredshoot.com

I teach a program for JHProject at the Birch Family Services where once a month a group of teens visit a cultural destination to photograph, such as Coney Island, the High Line, The Wax Museum, The Museum of Natural History, and the Botanical Garden. I was born in Toronto, Canada, but grew up in Modesto and San Francisco, California. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Film Theory from Vassar College and in 2009 graduated from the One Year Certificate Program in Photojournalism from The International Center of Photography in New York City.

Marla Mossman | www.marla.net

As an international photographer, artist and poet, I’ve traveled extensively documenting the human condition for over 20 years. I was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised and educated in Canada. I am avidly interested in promoting arts and education, and began the Peace Caravan Project in 1996.

I am the co-founder of MMARTS in London, Art Soup in Santa Barbara, and ImagineAsia, a non-profit whose mission is to provide education and healthcare to rural Asian communities. I currently reside In New York and teach the JHP photography program at the International High School.

Amy Postle | www.amypostle.com

My work is both literal and fantasy. It is about fashion, beauty, sexuality and strength. It is about the reaction of the waitress, model, or housewife when she sees herself as something different. It is about the beauty in every person… the natural beauty that can exist without starvation and conforming to the status quo. It is about feeling comfortable, alive and on fire in your own skin. That is beautiful.

I have won several awards for my work, spoken as a guest lecturer, and exhibited since 1999. I studied at the Books Institute of Photography and I enjoy donating my work and time to a variety of charities.

Camille Tokerud | www.camilletokerud.com

I am a native Texan and took my first photo class in high school. This is when my parents realized that photography gave me a voice. I graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a BFA in Advertising Photography and headed to NYC. Over twenty years later, I am still in love with New York and photography, exploring a passion for modern art, travel and interior design. At the same time, I continue to specialize in lifestyle pictures by collaborating on many award-winning advertising campaigns.

Scott Nidermaier | www.nidermaierpictures.com

I’m a New York based photographer and adventurist. A board member of ASMPNY, I’m a committee chair of the mentor program. I am also the Director of Visual Arts at YPI, Inc. I believe in the community and creating a team environment. Most recently, I’ve completed the seven steps to becoming a volunteer at St. Albans V.A. in Queens, where I will teach the oldest WWII veterans.

Eric Enger | www.naturespaintbrush.com

I grew up in Brooklyn, New York and attended big name concerts, fostering an opportunity to develop my craft taking black and white photos. I joined the U.S. Army in January of 1974 and traveled all over the world.

Twenty-four years later, I had settled into civilian live in Colorado Springs, CO, and continues to take nature photography and play in a band called “One Way.”

I am teaching Warrior Still Shots, a photography program for veterans in Colorado, which is supported by the JHProject.

Susan Woog Wagner | www.swwphotography.com

I shoot for special events, websites, nonprofits, publications, and photojournalism as well as headshots and portraits of families, including children and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs in Westchester and White Plains, New York. I’m an animal lover, so I photograph at kennel clubs and I’ve recently completed a special documentary project photographing my mother. I currently volunteer teach through JHP at LOVE: Leave Out ViolencE, and I am working on my qualifications as a volunteer to teach a JHP program to veterans at the Bronx V.A. Hospital soon.

Ed Hafizov | www.zorzstudios.com

I am the creative director and owner of a Manhattan-based boutique photography studio, offering arousing and daring fashion, commercial, wedding, and beauty photography. I am a Fearless Photographer Award winner and distinguished member of Grace Ormonde Platinum List.

Fiona Guedalia | http://www.fionagphotography.com

I am a recent college graduate with a passion for photography. I have been photographing ever since I was about fourteen years old. I established my high school’s Photography Club. I have a minor in Art focused in Photography from Yeshiva University and have recently launched my own website. My photography has been featured in my school’s art galleries as well as their literary magazine all throughout my college career. I enjoy capturing the beautiful compositions that the world presents to me. I have also recently started photographing events and continues to work on my artistic photography in my spare time.

Peter Neumann | www.peterneumann.com

I left a job at the UN in 1982 and opened studio to pursue still life photography, shooting tabletop vignettes of products with demanding attention to the minute details of the miniature world. I had previously been a photojournalist, documenting the Rockies in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. Looking back on my work I find that the constants are a love of detail, a strong desire to master my craft and a visceral response to surface texture and subtlety revealed by light and shadow. I also like creating 3D digital illustrations and abstracts, which are the freest and most playful of my work.

Gigi Gatewood | www.gigigatewood.com

I am a professional photographer as well as an experienced teacher. My photography ranges from interior design to fashion, still life and portraiture. I have had exhibitions at Root Division Gallery and Fatima Potens Gallery and the David Cunningham Projects in San Francisco, Performance Venice Biennale in Italy, and the Florence Lynch Gallery, the Chelsea Art Museum and the Sous Les Etoiles Gallery in NYC. Currently, I teach for JHP at the Jewish Union Adult Day Care program.

Jeff Pearson | www.jeffpearsonstudio.com

I am an American photographer who has a passion for being behind the lens since childhood. I’ve lived in Miami, Los Angeles, Hawaii, Japan, San Francisco and now live and work in New York City. Soon after high school I joined the Marines where I had the opportunity to travel all over the Pacific Rim. Upon completing my service, I bought a one way ticket to Paris and continued traveling throughout Europe and India. Struck by the universal importance art has on the human condition, I decided to transform my passion into my life’s dedication by studying Photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Now, I shoot fashion and commercial photography while also assisting other photographers. I look forward to teaching photography program to wheelchair bound 30 – 60 year olds at the Independent Care System through the Josephine Herrick Project.

Ashok Sinha | www.ashoksinha.com

I am a photographer based in Manhattan, but I consider the whole wide world to be my home. After graduating from college, I spent a decade of my life constrained inside the cubicles and conference rooms of soulless corporations, until I could no longer bear to contain my creative impulses.

Since then, I have worked in more than thirty countries and my photographs have appeared in many magazines and publications, as well as in advertising campaigns for big companies, including some I used to toil for. Whether making portraits or capturing the sense of place of a far-flung location, I am intent on keeping my viewpoint original and my compositions compelling, and making every image breathtaking and thought provoking.


To Volunteer as a Professional Photographer please contact us at: info@jhproject.org




Photo credit VSP Photographer: Al Haleblian

Noted photographer Yousuf Karsh and Mrs. Karsh are the center of a happy crowd of winners in VSP’s Annual Contest, 1975. Mr. Karsh a member of the VSP’s Board of Sponsors was on hand to present the top prize for b&w photography.  Yousuf Karsh, CC (December 23, 1908 – July 13, 2002) was a Canadian photographer of Armenian heritage, and one of the most famous and accomplished portrait photographers of all time.

Margaret Bourke-White  (June 14, 1904 – August 27, 1971) was an American photographer and documentary photographer.

She is best known as the first foreign photographer permitted to take pictures of Soviet Industry, the first female war correspondent (and the first female permitted to work in combat zones) and the first female photographer for Henry Luce‘s Life magazine, where her photograph appeared on the first cover.[4][5]

She died of Parkinson’s disease about eighteen years after she developed her first symptoms.

Ansel Adams (February 20, 1902 – April 22, 1984) was an American photographer and environmentalist, best known for his black-and-white photographs of the American West, especially in Yosemite National Park. With Fred Archer, Adams developed the Zone System as a way to determine proper exposure and adjust the contrast of the final print. The resulting clarity and depth characterized his photographs and the work of those to whom he taught the system. Adams primarily used large-format cameras despite their size, weight, setup time, and film cost, because their high resolution helped ensure sharpness in his images.

Adams founded the Group f/64 along with fellow photographers Willard Van Dyke and Edward Weston. Adams’s photographs are reproduced on calendars, posters, and in books, making his photographs widely distributed.

Volunteer for JHP

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Josephine Herrick Project.

Josephine Herrick Project began its life as ‘Volunteer Service Photographers’.

Volunteerism remains a core part of our mission.

Josephine Herrick Project always needs volunteers to work with us as act as administrative and event volunteers.



Office Volunteers

We currently require volunteers for the following part time roles. Volunteers must be willing to give a commitment of not less than 12 hours a week over 4 months.

    • Office Administrator
    • Social Media Assistant
    • Press and Marketing Officer
    • Program assistant
    • Fundraising assistant
  • Benefit administrator – needed immediately



JHP is delighted to assist those who are interested in internship with JHP.

We are interested in those

  • currently going through college,
  • graduates, or
  • those looking to change careers, including military veterans.

We offer strong non profit administration training, as well as training in arts education management.

Ad hoc

Part time volunteers are required for events in May 2018:

  • Benefit volunteers – for the week beginning April 23, 2017 for 10 days
  • Exhibition support assistants – to help with a large exhibition of student work later in the month.



Interested in applying?


To apply, please send your resume with a cover letter indicating your interest.

For more information, contact Erica Reade at info@jhproject.org.