Fundraiser Puts The Best of Modern Photography Up for Bid Online

Art Wolfe  

 

 

Online and Live Auction to Benefit Josephine Herrick Project

  

October 28, 2013, New York—A person would have to do a lot of gallery hopping to view and purchase a William Wegman photograph of his famous Weimaraners, one of Ron Galella’s many paparazzo shots of Jackie O, a slice of rock and roll history showing Janis Joplin in a 1968 recording session or the indelible 9/11 image of the plane headed for Tower 2, the 2001 “Photo of the Year.”

These and nearly 50 other signed prints are up for auction and open for bidding, starting today at http://auctions.readysetauction.com/josephineherrickproj/. The auction, “Modern Masters of Photography,” is a fundraiser with 100 per cent of the winning bid going to the Josephine Herrick Project, a New York City nonprofit that uses photography in therapeutic programs for autistic children, veterans, at-risk youth and developmentally challenged children and adults.

The online auction precedes a live auction on November 4th from 6:30 to 8:30 at Aperture Gallery, 547 West 27th in New York City.  Online bids are due by 3pm, November 3, with the highest online bid setting the opening for the live component, to be conducted by Christie’s auctioneer Rachel Orkin-Ramey. Tickets for the live auction and cocktail reception are $150 and can be purchased at http://jhproject.org/benefit/.

Barbara Kinney

 

The donated images illustrate the range of modern photography, from still lifes, photojournalism, travel imagery, fashion and portraiture. Visitors to the online auction site will see behind the scenes of the Clinton White House as captured by former White House photographer Barbara Kinney, Douglas Kirkland’s gleeful portrait of a beaming Audrey Hepburn, historic images of the first Obama inauguration by Dana Bowden, images from the Man Ray archives as well as Robert Farber’s whimsical fashion imagery.

The Josephine Herrick Project, until earlier this year known as Rehabilitation Through Photography, has long had the devotion and support of the photographic community. At its first auction fundraiser n the early 1970s, Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke-White, Edward Steichen and Irving Penn were among the pros that donated work to help raise funds for the organization. 

Started in 1941 by photographer Josephine Herrick to teach photography to returning World War II servicemen to help heal the emotional wounds of war, it eventually expanded to serve autistic children, new immigrants, developmentally disabled, recovering addicts and others.  Today, The Josephine Herrick Project creates programs for a variety of social service agencies and hospitals across New York City, providing equipment, curriculum and volunteer photography teachers.   

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.

 

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/.