Josephine Herrick Project Announces Benefit Party and Photography Auction to Support Foundation’s Community Photography Programs, Exhibitions, and Publications

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Original Prints from Douglas Kirkland, Amy Arbus, Man Ray, Robert Farber and Other Legendary Photographers Highlight New York Fundraising Gala in October

 

NEW YORK – August 11, 2015 — The Josephine Herrick Project (JHP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating students through the communicative power of photography, will host its annual Benefit Party and Photography Auction on Monday evening, October 19th at Affirmation Arts in New York City. Proceeds from the event will help support and sustain the foundation’s extensive community and youth programs which center on photography as a powerful learning and communications tool.

 

The focal point of the evening will center on its live (and online) auction of original photographs from some of the world’s most notable and legendary photographers, whose proceeds represent approximately 25% of the foundation’s operating budget to continue funding education programs for adults and children nationwide. The list of photographers who have donated prints to the auction are a venerable who’s who in the world of photography including Robert Farber, Michael Kenna, Marion Post Wolcott and Douglass Kirkland. In cooperation with Paddle8, a New York-based auction house, art lovers around the world will be able to bid on their favorite photographs online.

 

“Since 1941, The Josephine Herrick Program has brought the magic of photography to more than 100,000 disadvantaged Americans and the core of its success lies with the unwavered support of the photographic community,” explains Jackie Augustine, president of JHP and Jackie Augustine Consulting. “This annual event is a great representation of how artists, manufacturers, and executives from the photo community work together for a common cause.”

 

For additional information about the Benefit Party and Photography Auction or to learn more about the Josephine Herrick Project, please visit jhproject.org.

 

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.

 

“Libby/After Therese” by Amy Arbus Photograph: Up for Auction on November 4th

 

“Libby/After Therese” (2012) By Amy Arbus

By Sara Sweetwood

 

About the Photograph:

Arbus’s simple yet thought provoking piece is 40” x 30”, and is framed. The size is a limited edition of only 10 prints. The piece is neutral in color and sophisticated in style.

 

This amazing photograph will be part of the Josephine Herrick Project 2013 MODERN MASTERS OF PHOTOGRAPHY BENEFIT AUCTION on November 4, 2013 in NYC. For more information about the auction, please visit: http://jhproject.org/benefit/ 

 

About the Photographer:

Photographer Amy Arbus has published four books, including the award winning On the Street 1980-1990 and The Inconvenience of Being Born. The New Yorker called her most recent, The Fourth Wall, her masterpiece. Her advertising clients include Chiat/Day, Foote, Cone and Belding, American Express, Saatchi & Saatchi, SpotCo, New Line Cinema and Nickelodeon. Her photographs have appeared in over one hundred periodicals around the world, including New York Magazine, PeopleDazed and Confused and The New York Times Magazine. She teaches portraiture at the International Center of Photography, Maine Media Workshops and The Fine Arts Work Center. Amy Arbus is represented by The Schoolhouse Gallery and The Griffin Museum of Photography in Massachusetts. She has had twenty-two solo exhibitions worldwide, and her photographs are a part of the collection of The National Theater in Norway, The New York Public Library and The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

                        Source: amyarbus.com

 

For more information about the benefit auction and to purchase tickets visit www.jhproject.org/benefit

Modern Photography Masterworks Up for Bid at JHP Benefit

Continuing the Legacy of Josephine Herrick, Pioneer of Using Photography to Help Those in Need   

NEW YORK, August 9, 2013—In the 1940s, Josephine Herrick was a budding photographer with a novel idea: put cameras in the hands of wounded WWII servicemen and guide them through the rehabilitative power of photography.  On November 4 the Josephine Herrick Project, the organization that bears her name and fulfills her inspiration with today’s veterans, autistic children and others, will auction more than 40 dazzling images from celebrated modern photographers as a fundraiser. The 2013 Modern Masters in Photography Benefit Auction will take place at the Aperture Gallery, 547 West 27th Street, New York City. Tickets are $150 per person, available at http://jhproject.org/benefit/

The benefit consists of a silent auction of artwork, portrait sittings, gallery tours and camera equipment and a live auction conducted by a Christie’s auctioneer.  Attendees will have a chance to acquire a signed print from modern masters, including Amy Arbus, Ralph Gibson, Mike Yamahsita, Phil Borges, Art Wolfe, Pulitzer Prize winner Jay Dickman, Douglas Kirkland, former White House photojournalist Barbara Kinney, longtime United Nations photographer John Isaac and Ron Haviv, author of Blood & Honey: A Balkan War Journal.   Also included are images from the Man Ray Trust.

These artists join a heritage of illustrious photographers who, through donations of their work, have supported the organization’s mission to enhance lives through photography.  Thirty-five years ago at its last auction, attendees bid on images by Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke-White, Edward Steichen, Irving Penn and others. The event this year likewise may feature potential investment pieces by contemporary photographers.

The Josephine Herrick Project creates programs, exhibitions and publications and currently provides equipment, curriculum and volunteer photography teachers to more than 20 programs in New York City.  It partners with several agencies and hospitals, including the Brooklyn VA, Block Institute, Gallop/NYC, Creedmoor Psychiatric Center and Beacon University Settlement.

The organization was formerly known as Rehabilitation Through Photography, but a name change in June was made to honor its founder. “The benefit auction, revived after a long hiatus, is another way to share Josephine Herrick’s long-lasting influence with the American public,” said Maureen McNeil, who joined as director in September 2012.  “We will be celebrating evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and sensational photography. We look forward to sharing this moment with our supporters, programs, photographers and friends.” she added.

Herrick earned much acclaim from the New York photography and medical communities in her lifetime. She worked closely with Dr. Howard Rusk, considered the father of rehabilitative medicine, who invited her to develop therapeutic photography programs for patients at the Rusk Institute. 

Herrick began using a camera for charitable causes in 1941. She enlisted friends to take pictures of servicemen departing to war. Her team of volunteers then sent each serviceman’s photo to his family along with a personalized note. After the war, her organization took shape, teaching camera skills and self-expression to wounded veterans to help heal the emotional scars of war.  Eventually, the group began receiving requests to develop programs for schools, hospitals, senior centers and social service agencies.

About The Josephine Herrick Project

The Josephine Herrick Project is a New York City-based nonprofit, founded in 1941, that enlists photographic community volunteers and the industry to provide equipment and photography skills to underserved populations. JHProject’s free programs inspire children, teens, veterans, adults and seniors with the visual language of photography, which enables them to engage with others and in their communities through their artistic vision.

 

 

Doug Kirkland’s portrait of Audrey Hepburn will be among the signed works donated by today’s top photographers to be auctioned at a benefit for the Josephine Herrick Project on November 4 at the Aperture Gallery.  For information and to order tickets to the event, visit http://jhproject.org/benefit/

 

Angel’s Trumpet by Elizabeth Opalenick is among the signed photographic works up for bid at the 2013 Modern Masters in Photography Benefit Auction. The event, a fundraiser for The Josephine Herrick Project, takes place November 4 at the Aperture Gallery. For information and to order tickets to the event, visit http://jhproject.org/benefit/.