Snippets from the Fall: Veterans in Focus

Over the Fall, JHP undertook a range of programs with disabled military veterans in five counties in New York State, including Broome (Binghampton), Monroe (Rochester), Nassau (Hicksville) and Suffollk (Babylon) in Long Island, and in Westchester (White Plains).

The program was funded by the New York State Council on The Arts (NYSCA) and the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) and was aimed at helping Veterans with disabilities towards paid and unpaid employment in photography related services.

JHP had established ground breaking partnerships between itself, local Arts Councils and the local VA Veterans Centers. JHP has a proud history of working with US Department of Veterans Affairs’ run Veterans Centers. The Centers provide a broad range of counseling, outreach, and referral services to combat Veterans and their families guide Veterans and their families through many of the major adjustments that often occur after a Veteran returns from combat.

Taught by professional photographers and culminating in exhibitions of the Veterans’ work in public spaces, including galleries, libraries and civic centers, the programs are transformative for most:

In JHP evaluations of the program Veterans write movingly: “The experience has given me passion and fun back in my life”, and for another, “the program has made me see the world in a different way. For the first time in 15 years, I am interested in joining it”.

As do their families: “I cannot express my thanks – this program has brought my husband alive – for the first time that I can remember in nearly twenty-five years. It has been that dramatic.” And, “It is my sincere hope [that] the Josephine Herrick Project will be able to continue this valuable program for our veterans who are in desperate need to feel safe and have outlets to express themselves through the visual arts when words are too painful to vocalize. ”

These programs will be continuing over 2018. They make such an enormous difference to the lives of the veterans we work with, and their families.

JHP’s Rochester, NY Veterans Program Gallery Show Debuts Friday November 10, 2017










This Friday evening, November 10, 2017, please join the students of Rochester Vets Center Photography Class for their opening reception.

JHP students will be showcasing their work at the Image City Photography Gallery from 5-7pm, 722 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

A huge thank you to the instructors Dick Bennet and Gil Maker for all their hard work and to Canon USA Inc. and NYSCA for the support of this program.








2017 Lucie Humanitarian Award Goes to JHP

Josephine Herrick Project has been named the winner of the Lucie Foundation’s Humanitarian Award for 2017. It is the first nonprofit organization to receive this prestigious honor, which will be celebrated at the 15th Annual Lucie Awards gala at New York’s Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, October 29, 2017.

Previous recipients of the Lucie Humanitarian Award include photographers Sebastião Salgado, Phil Borges, and Stephanie Sinclair.

The Lucie Foundation’s mission is to honor master photographers, discover and cultivate emerging talent, and promote the appreciation of photography worldwide. In addition to the Lucie Awards for master photographers, its signature program, the Foundation presents the Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA), SNAPSHOP! for high-school students, and the Lucie Scholarship Program for emerging and professional photographers.

For additional information and tickets to the Lucie Awards, please visit

JHP Celebrates Memorial Day with a Veterans Photography Program at Gettysburg










GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA – A group of U.S. military veterans spanning nearly 50 years of service spent Memorial Day weekend developing photography skills in historic Gettysburg through Josephine@Gettysburg, a new and unique program partnership by the photo education nonprofit Josephine Herrick Project, the Gettysburg Foundation, and the National Parks Arts Foundation. The veterans’ work from the weekend will be exhibited in Fall 2017 at the famous Gettysburg Railway Station, where President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg address, and will then travel to sites in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens, New York.

Josephine@Gettysburg was conceived and organized by photographer Adriana Echavarria Eisenhower, granddaughter of Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower, to celebrate the 75 years of the Josephine Herrick Project’s pioneering rehabilitative programs for disabled military veterans. “I see this as a tribute to the nation’s veterans,” she said. Noting that the American Civil War was the first major conflict to be extensively photographed, allowing civilians around the country to see the carnage of war, she added that bringing today’s veterans to Gettysburg to practice the art of photography was “a way of expressing the profound debt of gratitude that is forever due them.”


Taught by professional photographer Robert Stevens, himself a veteran of the Vietnam War, Josephine@Gettysburg brought together six veterans from pre- and post-9/11 conflicts who had already undertaken initial photography training with the Josephine Herrick Project’s Ways of Seeing program with Veterans’ Centers in New York City. As well as staying in historic cottages in the Gettysburg National Military Park, the veterans had a full tour of the battlefields, followed by visits to sites generally not open to the public. These included stops on the Underground Railroad, the farm used as a Civil War hospital, and a private tour of the Eisenhower Farm.

Stevens donated his time and expertise as a photography teacher who has captured the battlefields of Gettysburg many times over the years. The veterans were also treated to a surprise workshop by local artist David Wilson at his Victorian Photography Studio in Gettysburg. He specializes in the wet-plate photographic techniques that were prevalent at the time of the Civil War.

The Gettysburg Foundation (, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), enhances the preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg and its national parks. The Foundation focuses its work primarily on the battle of Gettysburg and its context in the American Civil War, as well as President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Assistance is also given to occasionally support the Eisenhower National Historic Site, President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s residence in the Gettysburg community.

The National Parks Arts Foundation ( is a nonprofit foundation offering artist-in-residence programs, museum in-loan programs, and workshops in conjunction with America’s National Parks.


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



New Haven Vet Center Exhibit

On February 21, 2017, photographs taken by New Haven based veterans were hung for the local community to view. An opening reception in the bright white gallery at Gateway Community College offered an ideal space to engage others in the art and vision of veterans, including some attending the college.

New Haven Vet Center, another strong partner in collaboration with JHP, offered an 8-week introduction to photography course to a large group of interested and invested future photographers. The vets participate with the vet center for counseling and other activities that support a healthy lifestyle as a former combat veteran. This program with JHP served as a creative outlet and safe space for veterans to reflect on individual voice and memory.

Instructed by JHP Teaching Artist–Susan Falzone, JHP board member–Randy Bourne, and New Haven Vet Center member–Bob Kukiel–the group took excursions around their immediate Orange,CT neighborhood, visited a nearby farm and practiced getting up close and personal with their subject matter.

Program Director, Afiya Williams, joined the group at the exhibit reception and was able to spend some time with New Haven Vet Center staff Gabor Kautzner and his radio show “Voice of the Veteran”. Stay tuned for access to the hour long conversation about veterans and the benefits of photography.

JHP continues to grow its partnership with agencies providing services to veterans within NYC and in surrounding communities. We are proud to work with such special individuals, hear their stories and enhance their storytelling through photography. If you’re in or around New Haven, take a quick ride over to Gateway Community College — the exhibit is up until March 5th.


The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Photo by: Linda C.

Navy Veteran Linda Catlett recently sent a thank you letter to JHP Executive Director, Maureen McNeil, for the amazing opportunity to learn photography at the Bronx Vet Center on Morris Avenue. JHP teaching artists, Robin Dahlberg and Adam Isler, were well received by Catlett and her fellow servicemen, no matter where they were on the photography expertise scale.

Catlett note reads, “As a novice with no experience behind a camera, I am happily surprised to realize a new joy in my life that will compliment my new career as a published author. Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity for betterment and enriching my life. The Josephine Herrick Project is a gift that keeps on giving.”

Photo by: Dondi M.

Photo by: Luther C.

Photo by: Marco B.

JHP Enhances Lives at the Portland Vet Center

The Portland Art Museum hosted a summer event on June 16, 2016 celebrating military veterans, including sixty 8 x 10 photographs taken by nine veterans in the Josephine Herrick Project program at the Portland Vet Center. Nine combat veterans, from Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan wars, attended the program at the Vet Center over six Saturdays, from April 2 to May 7th. All printing was paid for by the JHP volunteer photographers. This was the first time JHP has had an active presence in the Northwest and the program was well received.

Jack Kane, a US Army veteran who learned photography during his service in Germany, recently retired from the transportation industry and approached Maureen McNeil, Executive Director of JHP, about volunteering with veterans and attended a week long training in NYC in the fall of 2015. McNeil introduced him to NYC veteran programs and issues, the JHP staff, photographers and participants. They visited Jean Cooney at the Bronx VA Hospital, Francisca Nazario at the Queens Vet Center, and Brett Morash, JHP Board member, at Services for the Underserved.

In Portland, Jack recruited volunteers who attended training sessions with JHP Program Director Afiya Williams over conference call and skype. Doug Huegli was the primary instructor with 20 plus years of teaching photography at the high school level and his part time work as a commercial photographer.   Ellen Lodine, a retired high school teacher, was assisted. Randy Carpenter, an avid amateur photographer also assisted in a coaching role.   Kane attended each session and presented the “introduction” lesson. Rosemary Knapp continues to assist by contacting organizations interesting in hosting public showings of the veteran’s photography.

Photograph by: George (participant)

“JHP recently received a planning grant to grow veteran programs in upstate New York,” said McNeil. “Working with a talented businessman and veteran Jack Kane made the planning and execution of the long distance program relatively easy to maintain the JHP brand and quality of our programming. I am sorry that we did not have travel funding in place to attend the Portland Museum of Art opening.”

Photograph by: Chris (participant)

Thank you Jack Kane, The Portland Vet Center, The Portland Museum of art, all the volunteers and participants.  Several days after the event ended, Kane was contacted by the Portland Art Museum and the JHP veteran programs were invited to attend the event again in 2017.


Photograph by: Art (participant)

Some Mother’s Son: The War Photography of Josephine Herrick

Photo ©Josephine Herrick

From the Professional Women Photographers Blog – July 11, 2016

On December 6th, 1941, Pearl Harbor wasn’t a place on the mind of many Americans, if they knew about it at all. Located on the island of Oahu near Honolulu, it was home to thousands of servicemen and the U.S. Pacific fleet. Danger was thought to be elsewhere, in the war spreading across Europe. America, protected by sea and strong isolationist sentiment, wasn’t involved.

That changed the next morning when hundreds of Japanese planes dropped from the sky just before eight. Swooping down on the naval base, they bombed, torpedoed, and strafed till twenty U.S. vessels and hundreds of aircraft were crippled or destroyed. When they departed two hours later, the harbor was black with smoke, the water strewn with wreckage and crumpled ships. Nearly 2,500 servicemen perished, 1,177 of them entombed in the USS Arizona when a bomb struck the ammunition magazine. It was the day that changed the course of America, and sent the destinies of a generation spinning.

The Bombing of Pearl Harbor

Unlike recent conflicts, Word War ll was a shared burden that cast a long shadow over many families. As troops headed overseas, people pitched in at home. Many women went to work in factories like Rosie the Riveter, and millions volunteered for the Red Cross, while others contributed in unique, personal ways. One of these was Josephine Herrick.



Josephine-herrick/Herrick was born in 1897, the third child of a prominent Cleveland family. During World War l, she served as a Red Cross nurse in her home city, then attended Bryn Mawr, and later the Clarence H. White School of Photography in New York. There she mastered the technology and art of the discipline, exhibiting her work, winning several awards in shows at the Cleveland Museum of Art. In 1928, she opened a photo studio with her friend, Princess Miguel de Braganza, an American socialite who’d married man of royal Portuguese descent. Located on East 63rd Street in Manhattan’s Silk Stocking District, the studio specialized in portraits of debutantes and children. Before Pearl Harbor, as conflict grew in Europe, Herrick joined the American Women’s Voluntary Services, training photographers to document news events and educate the public on blackouts.

About Professional Women Photographers

Professional Women Photographers (PWP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of women photographers. Through exhibitions, workshops and networking opportunities, PWP creates a dynamic and inspiring environment that encourages individual growth and promotes public interest in photography. Our monthly lecture series combines social networking with the opportunity to meet successful photographers and industry leaders who discuss their careers, artistic inspiration, and technical choices.

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“Subway Sleepers” Opened with Grand Success!

What an amazing opening reception we had last night at La Mama Theatre featuring Linda Kessler‘s “Subway Sleepers” and the work of program participants from the JHP and Brain Injury Awareness of New York State partnership!

We are so grateful for all that attended and shared love and energy with us. Your support makes it possible to continue to do the fulfilling work of enhancing lives through photography!

Many MANY thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts for supporting our community work and believing in our mission. Here’s to another great exhibit!

Did you miss it? The exhibit is open all weekend:
June 23-24: 11am-9pm
June 25-26: 2pm-9pm


‘Subway Sleepers’ are the stars of an upcoming photo exhibit by Brooklyn Heights artist Linda Kessler

Please join us for the opening reception of an exhibition called “Subway Sleepers” at the Downstairs Gallery at La MaMa, a famous experimental theater at 66 E. 4th St. in the East Village on Wednesday, June 22nd from 6 to 8pm.  The show is sponsored by the Josephine Herrick Project, with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Here’s a great article about the show:

 In the city that never sleeps, the ultimate act of vulnerability is slumbering on the subway.

Artist Linda Kessler spent five years taking photographs of nappers riding the rails on Brooklyn-bound trains heading in the opposite direction from upscale office workers on their way to jobs in Manhattan skyscrapers.

She turned the photos into works of art by layering them on top of each other and processing them in a special way.

“I wanted the photos to look like I had painted over them,” Kessler, a Brooklyn Heights resident since the 1980s, said in a recent interview.

They will be displayed in an exhibition called “Subway Sleepers” at the Downstairs Gallery at La MaMa, a famous experimental theater at 66 E. 4th St. in the East Village.

The opening reception is scheduled for June 22.

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