If you have an interest in photography, writing or non-profit, contact Executive Director Maureen McNeil at firstname.lastname@example.org to forward her your resume and cover letter. This is an internship position. Include in the subject line “I would like to Intern at JHP”
Click here or the button below to DONATE $10 or More to JHPWe use photography to help those in need!Josephine Herrick Project provides a unique opportunity for over 1,000 participants that are physically or emotionally challenged, elderly, at-risk, autistic, homeless, veterans or visually impaired. Our students learn to express themselves visually, verbally and emotionally. By exhibiting their photographs, they connect with their communities and become known for their talents rather than their disabilities.The passion for photography and a passion for serving others defines the JHP community. Through JHP classes, we often discover for the first time how our students see the world.Through our free programs, military veterans, kids and adults with autism, at-risk youth, formerly homeless, and other people in need connect with the world and share their experiences in their own photos and writing.
“Nousha showed us how to use the camera. Now, when I am depressed, I go outside and take pictures and it just helps me relax.”
—Benjamin Marrero, Veteran
JHP Bronx VA program
“Photography makes me peaceful.”
—Akeem Bonaparte, JHP student and 2013 Award Winner from President Obama for his volunteer services.
Today is World Photography Day. Korske Ara, the founder of World Photography Day created this special day with a simple but compelling concept: “I believe that photography has the power to tell stories, inspire generations and initiate change in the world.” Here at the Josephine Herrick Project we have seen first hand how photography can change a child or an adult and inspire them to reach further and see the world with a different vision. Todd Adelman, Director of Special Projects for Block Institute, one of our program partners attests to the power of photography: “The cameras and instruction that [JHP] offers makes a remarkable difference to what an organization can offer to its participants’ quality of life. They are no longer defined by their disability but can live up to their full potential. Learning photography teaches them to open their eyes, appreciate, participate and be a partner in the world around them”. bit.ly/AnJ7aC
About World Photography Day
World Photography Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic processes developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre. On January 9, 1839, The French Academy of Sciences announced the daguerreotype process. A few months later, on August 19, 1839, the French government announced the invention as a gift “Free to the World”.
Another photographic processes, the Calotype, was also invented in 1839 by William Fox Talbot (it was announced in 1841). Together, the invention of both the Daguerreotype and Calotype mark 1839 as the year that photography was invented.
Over 170 years later, we have chosen this date, August 19th to celebrate photography, It’s past, present and future, technologically and artistically. Today, we can share memories across the globe in seconds. Photography is an invention that has revolutionised the way we see the world. We can visit places without leaving our home. We can share adventures with friends in another city and we can watch grandchildren grow up thousands of kilometers away. There was once a time when photography didn’t exist.
World Photography Day is about celebrating the ability we have to communicate though this powerful visual medium.
RTP announces spring appeal in honor of our founder and our name change to:
Did you know that photography can heal, enhance and have a positive influence on people’s lives? Our Founder Josephine Herrick understood that in 1941 when she used photography to help WWII soldiers overcome the emotional effects of war. We have continued that tradition for over 72 years as we enhance the lives of veterans, autistic children, mentally challenged adults, as well as others. Today Rehabilitation Through Photography (RTP) has become the Josephine Herrick Project (JHP), to honor of our founder and inspirational pioneer Josephine Herrick.
The new name is just the latest initiative in the organization’s achievements over the last six months. Important milestones have included naming a new Executive Director, attracting new members of the Board of Directors, adding six new photo programs, and mounting the organization’s first exhibit in many years, “Portraits of Courage”, photography by the Veterans at the Brooklyn VA, at St. Francis College.
Maureen McNeil, Executive Director of Josephine Herrick Project stated, “Josephine Herrick is a great role model for young people today. Her dedication gained the support of master photographers of the day, like Ansel Adams and Margaret Bourke-White. Today we continue in her footsteps to reach underserved populations with free photography programs, and the goal of providing an opportunity for everyone to participate in society.”
There is only one way to sustain, and build on these initiatives—that’s with the donations of our supporters, colleagues and friends. This will be our only appeal for your support until the fall. There will not be a better chance than right now to reward this progress and help us continue to provide the gift of photography to our students.
As an added incentive to help us continue our work, the Board of Directors, many who have supported RTP for over twenty years, has decided to celebrate the new name and progress with a ‘Directors Matching Grant’—Board members will match a portion of all donations made before June 30, 2013. This will add tremendous value to every dollar you give.
Matt Sweetwood, Director: “Josephine Herrick was a unique individual and a woman who was way ahead of her time. We are simply carrying out the mission that Josephine started in 1941. We want to exhibit how strongly we feel about the reinvigorated Josephine Herrick Project with our matching grant offer.”
So please help us celebrate the progress of the past and our promising future by making a donation now, which will help us take advantage of our Director’s Matching Grant.