Naomi Weinberg is the Grand Prize Winner from the RTP Photo Drawing at Photo Plus Expo of the Nikon D3200 DSLR with 18-55mm lens

Naomi Weinberg – Grand Prize Winner

By Maureen McNeil – Executive Director – RTP

Naomi Weinberg of River Vale, New Jersey became interested in photography during her high school Black and White darkroom experience. Since her first son was born 21 years ago, she has focused on photographing people and especially enjoys photographing the diversity of faces in countries around the world. She is also a part-time attorney and watercolorist. This was her third year attending the PhotoPus Expo which she always looks forward to for both ideas and inspiration as well as new techniques and mediums for presenting photography.

She said that after hearing about RTP’s programs she walked away thinking about photography as a therapy for the first time, and realized that she was interested. She returned to the booth to pay the discounted membership fee of $20 which put her in the running to win the Nikon D3200 Camera. Read more

Veterans Day 2012: Obama Pays Tribute

U.S. President Barack Obama lays a wreath at a Veterans’ Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, on November 11, 2012. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Rehabilitation Through Photography started over 70 years ago to help returning veterans from World War II recuperate and heal using photography. We  want to take a moment to thank all our veterans for their service.  Rehabilitation Through Photography is going back to our roots and recently started a new veterans program at the VA Hospital in Brooklyn.  We will be announcing new veteran programs this year.  In the spirit of the day, I would like to share this article from Huffington Post. Read more

Become a Member of RTP at Photo Plus Expo and be entered to win a Nikon D3200 DSLR with 18-55mm lens!!

Join RTP – Rehabilitation Through Photography at the 2012 PDN PhotoPlus Conference + Expo. Vist us at booth #359 to learn about our new programs and how you can help us “transform lives through the power of photography.”

The 2012 PDN PhotoPlus Conference + Expo, will take place on October 24-27, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. PhotoPlus remains the largest photography event in the United States. Come be informed and entertained, leave inspired.

SHOW SPECIAL! Become a member and receive discounted membership and a chance to win a Nikon D3200 DSLR with 18-55mm lens!

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VA Hospital Program in Brooklyn Launched

RTP has been partnering with veterans since WWII.  The veterans administration believes that as a form of rehabilitation, art therapy promotes social skills and cognitive and physical functioning.  Today RTP provides free photography classes to veterans at the VA Hospital in Brooklyn taught by professional photographer,  Camille Tokerud.  The course acquaints students with the basics of capturing imagaes through hands-on work with a digital camera.  Weekly engaging and diverse theories include topics such as portrait, still life, architecture, landscape, photojournalism and fine art photography.  During shooting assignments, students learn about photographic techniques and equipment including focal length, aperture, shutter speed, ISO exposure and light inside and outside.

Beryl Brenner, recreation & creative arts therapist at the VA Hospital in Brooklyn, was instrumental in making the program happen this year.  The VA Hospital in Brooklyn has a long history with RTP. Our first program at the VA Hospital in Brooklyn started in 1941! Read more

Maureen McNeil Hired as New Executive Director at RTP: Rehabilitation Through Photography

RTP taps non-profit management director with a strong background in arts & culture to lead our fundraising efforts, drive revenue and create new programs.

New York, NY, September 28, 2012

RTP, Rehabilitation Through Photography announces the hiring of a new executive director, Maureen McNeil. Maureen comes to this new position with a strong background in the arts and culture, and most importantly, over 10 years experience in Non-profit management. She has a proven track record of working with board members. She has served as a spokesperson for organizations on a national and international broadcast media basis. Maureen is recognized as a true leader in the field of arts and culture.

For Maureen, RTP is a great fit. She believes that visual and verbal storytelling can help solve the problems of the world. As a published author of poetry and short stories, she has two books currently with literary agents, Dear Anne Frank: Writing Diaries Behind Bars, co-authored with Cynthia L. Cooper, and The Red Diary, a work of fiction about the last seven months of Marilyn Monroe’s life. Read more

Taking Pictures at the NY Aquarium

By Akeem Bonaparte  

On Saturday September 15, 2012, The Friendship Group for Photography went to the NY Aquarium and took pictures of different kinds of aquatic wildlife. The participants that joined the photography group were Royce, Malik, Mark, and I. The group was accompanied by Jeffrey, Avis, and Sahara. Sahara, our professional photographer, was there to teach us how to take portraits, take close-ups, when to use a flash and Birdseye view. Read more

Louisa Marie Summer’s Exhibit “Jennifer’s Family” Opens at the Ober Gallery

RTP volunteer photographer, Louisa Marie Summer exhibit “Jennifer’s Family” plays an important role as a “social conscience” that can change people’s views and raise awareness.

From Ober Gallery

I was introduced to the work of the German photographer, Louisa Marie Summer, by my friend Ray Learsy, the well known collector of contemporary art and board member of the Whitney Museum. Ray spoke very highly of Louisa’s work. In fact, I have never heard Ray speak so glowingly of an artist. My reaction to Louisa’s work was similar to Ray’s. I was not only struck by the raw and beautiful power of her photographs, but by the quiet dignity that underpins them. Read more

Independent Photo Imagers Celebrates Their 30th Anniversary and Donates to RTP

By Jennifer Kruger, PMANewsline

Independent Photo Imagers (IPI) members joined Fujifilm North America Corp. in donating $460 to support the work of Rehabilitation Through Photography, a charity devoted to transforming lives through the power of photography.

“Our members joint contribution with Fujifilm was the idea and made possible by Georgia McCabe. During our IPI Member Retreat, Georgia provided one-on-one consulting for our members and our members provided a contribution for their time with Georgia,” said Brent Bowyer, executive director at IPI. He continued, “Our members have never had such a positive experience, and I suspect similar programs will become a mainstay of our future Member Retreats.” Read more

4th of July Fireworks Tips From RTP Partner: the New York Institute of Photography

The New York Institute of Photography Releases Free Photography Tips for Anyone Interested in Taking Great Fireworks Photographs This Fourth of July

The New York Institute of Photography has been a great partner with RTP over the years.  This year they gave “free online photography courses” to two art instructors, in two different programs, which helped the instructors add a photography component to their art therapy programs. The results were amazing!

Thank you New York Institute of Photography and here are some tips from NYIP to help you take better photographs over the July 4th Holiday.

Happy July 4th from RTP! Read more