Making Photos is Making History

Last week, I attended a Black History Month event in Harlem, hosted by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. I was instantly touched by the words of Ming Smith, who was honored that evening, when she said, “photographs are powerful, and looking at your own photograph makes you powerful.” So true! We create our own history when we snap a picture.

I hope you all had a chance to read the Editor’s Letter in the February issues of Popular Photography
by Miriam Leuchter. She is also Vice President of the Board of Directors at JHP and heads up the development committee. We are so lucky to have her! She shares her observations on a visit to our photography program that takes place at NYU Langone Medical Center with adults suffering from brain injury. A testament to the magic of the camera lens – of all the arts, I find photography to be the most accessible and versatile. With an introduction by a professional, our participants learn hands-on, create, share and connect. Offering a camera to someone who feels cut off because of poverty or illness is an invitation to be part of the world, and make history.

 

Josephine Herrick Project Elects New Executive Board led by Matt Sweetwood as the New President

 

Matt Sweetweed, New President Elect at Josephine Herrick Project

New York, NY, September 21, 2015 

Josephine Herrick Project (JHP) announces the election of a new Executive Board in preparation for the 2016 Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the organization. The new officers are: Matt Sweetwood, President, Miriam Leuchter, Vice President, Craig Nisnewitz, Secretary and Russell Pomeranz, Treasurer.

Matt Sweetwood was president of Unique Photo®, a state of the art camera store in New Jersey for 30 years. He has been credited with the reinvention the successful modern camera store, which included the highly acclaimed in-store education program, the Unique University®. Matt has been a regular contributor on national TV as a photography expert and currently is a business and marketing consultant to the photo industry.

Miriam Leuchter is the editor-in-chief of Popular Photography (PopPhoto.com) and American Photo (AmericanPhotoMag.com). In addition to spearheading the editorial content of both of these brands in both print and digital media, Miriam is responsible for the expansion of Popular Photography into books, video, and other arenas

Craig Nisnewitz has 30 years experience specializing in construction law, commercial litigation, arbitration, mediation, prosecution and defense of surety and bond claims, administrative law and prevailing wage claims under Federal and New York State labor laws.

Russell Pomeranz has 25 years of experience leading the finance and administration of nonprofit organizations with missions related to social services, education, the arts and think tanks. Most recently, Pomeranz started his own consulting firm, The Claverack Advisory Group.

Matt Sweetwood’s strong leadership as Vice President of JHP made him the logical person to become our President and to lead us into a benchmark year, “Our 75th Anniversary.” stated Jackie Augustine, outgoing President of Josephine Herrick Project. Matt has played a significant role in the organization from creating partnerships with major camera companies and securing both cash and camera donations and giving JHP national exposure in multi-media. His creative and occasionally unorthodox style is exactly what the organization needed to push us forward to the next level.”

“I am honored to be selected by my fellow board members as the next president of The Josephine Herrick Project” stated Matt Sweetwood. “I will do my best to work tirelessly to push forward JHP with dedication as our distinguished past presidents have. For over seven decades JHP has helped underserved communities and individuals in need through the communicative power of photography. I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve with our new and highly talented executive committee as well as staff volunteers and program participants. I look forward to continued growth and success for JHP through our 75th anniversary and beyond.”

Maureen McNeil, Executive Director declared. “Thank you to outgoing president, Jackie Augustine, for your years of service. Congratulations to the new executive team! We have a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our founder, Josephine Herrick, who remains a role model today and in telling her story, expand our mission to national audiences in our 75th year. I am looking forward to the teamwork ahead.”

Please join us in celebrating our new President and newly elected board when we host our annual Benefit Party and Photography Auction on Monday evening, October 19th at Affirmation Arts in New York City. You will have the chance to mix and mingle with legendary photographers, photographers who give back, industry leaders, and passionate volunteers PLUS enjoy the most exciting part of bidding on Original Prints from Douglas Kirkland, Man Ray, Robert Farber and Other Legendary Photographers

 

The current Board of Directors are: Matt Sweetwood, President; Miriam Leuchter, Vice President;, Craig M. Nisnewitz, Secretary; Russell Pomeranz, Treasurer; and directors Jackie Augustine (past president), Randy Bourne, Mark Hempel, John McGeary, Brett Morash, Richard Rabinowitz, Ron Sharpe (past president). Barbara Suen, and Theo Vaskevitch

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

Josephine Herrick Project is entirely supported by tax-deductible donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.

 

To learn more visit our website at www.jhproject.org or join the conversation at:

Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/JosephineHerrickProject

Twitter https://twitter.com/JHP1941

Instagram http://instagram.com/jhproject

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/josephine-herrick-project

 

JHP Celebrates: Volunteer Photographers!

Tuesday evening, July 28, the JHP community relaxed on a beautiful roof deck on the Lower East Side, thanks to the generosity of Bradley and Elana Hart. We call it the annual BBQ because of the summer appeal, but for two years now have served delicious Mexican food from Dos Toros along with beer or a bright and bubbly Prosecco. A nice blowing breeze and the gorgeous East River and New York City sunset views turned a hot night into a cool event. It was a fantastic way to connect and say thank you to all the very special people who teach our programs, help us with videography, participate on committees, and serve on our board. And to those who could not attend, we couldn’t succeed without you!

JHP board members and photographers chat.

JHP photographer Vik and former participant and current Advisory Board member Akeem.

Board member Matt snaps shots of volunteer photographer Romina and guest.

JHP Executive Director Maureen and Program Coordinator Afiya chat with guests while Matt snaps the photographer Sheridan and the beautiful LES view.

Words: Elana H. | Photos: Russell Dian

Welcome to the Board, Dr. Morash!


Josephine Herrick Project has served veterans since 1941 and now veteran Brett Morash, Ph.D. has been elected to its Board of Directors. Dr. Morash is Vice President of Veterans Services at Services for the Underserved and a retired U.S. Naval Officer. His enthusiasm, expertise, and insight will help JHP scale veteran programs to a national level. His valuable military knowledge will also be applied to the thousands of never-before- seen photographs taken over the last seventy-four years in the JHP archives, in an effort to share them with the public.

“This is an exciting opportunity to continue to impact the lives of others in a pragmatic way through the use of photography as the catharsis,” said Dr. Morash.

Services for the Underserved www.sus.org is a New York City based nonprofit and for over 37 years has helped the underserved create pathways to a rich and productive life.

Graduating in 1993 from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Marine Transportation, he serviced in the Arabian Gulf, the Horn of Africa, Mombasa Kenya, and at the United States Mission to the United Nations in New York City before retiring in 2013.

Dr. Morash’s military decorations and awards are numerous. He earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Framingham State College in 2000, a doctorate in the Humanities in 2015 from Salve Regina University and is an adjunct professor at Norwich University since 2012, teaching courses on Project Management and Intelligence Operations in the Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis program.

The JHP staff and board are grateful for Dr. Morash’s commitment to the mission of enhancing lives through photography and looking forward to reaching more veterans with our work.

– Maureen McNeil

Josephine Herrick Project Announces Theo Vaskevitch of Mylo Elected to Board of Directors

New York, NY, October 20, 2014 

 

Josephine Herrick Project (JHP) announces the recent election of Theo Vaskevitch, Head of Business Development at Mylo Development LLC to the Josephine Herrick Board of Directors.  Mylio is the next generation Photo Management System that will be unveiled to the world on 10.28.2014 as part of Photo Plus Expo 2014.  In his role of Head of Business Development of Mylo, Theo is In charge of execution of external relationships including the design and implementation of Mylo’s National Retail Sales Program. He is currently executing a running rollout of a unique. new organizing product to 50 retail locations within the U.S. with a goal of expanding to 200+ locations in winter of 2015. Upon his election Theo Vaskevitch stated “I am proud and honored to join the board of JHP.    I believe that photography is a powerful tool for good and JHP is a crucial piece in realizing its potential.”

 

“I am very excited that Theo has agreed to join our board of directors,” said Matt Sweetwood, Vice President of the JHP Board of Directors. “He brings a unique blend of youthful energy, a diverse and thoughtful perspective and a vast array of business connections that will help JHP continue to grow into an elite level non-profit. This is a very good day for our organization and all of the people we serve with our programs’”

 

The current Board of Directors are: Jackie Augustine, President; Matt Sweetwood, Vice President; Miriam Leuchter, Secretary; Craig M. Nisnewitz, Treasurer; and directors Randy Bourne, Mark Hempel, Russell Pomeranz, Richard Rabinowitz, and Ron Sharpe, Immediate Past President.

 

About the Josephine Herrick Project

Today, the Josephine Herrick Project, Enhancing Lives through Photography, continues to partner with Veteran Administrations as well as schools, social service agencies and like-minded nonprofits.  Following her model, volunteer photographers educate underserved populations throughout the New York City area.  Thanks to the support of the photography industry and corporate and foundation grants, JHP continues Herrick’s mission with free programs, exhibitions and publications that inspire children, teens, adults and seniors with the visual language of photography, enabling them to transform communities through their artistic vision.  Some of the current partners include: Birch Susser School for Exceptional Children, the Block Institute, Cartwheel Initiative, Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, Fresh Art, IUDU School for Students with Special Needs, Jewish Union Foundation, University Settlement House, Millennium High School, International High School, Warrior StillShots, and U.S. veterans in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx.

Josephine Herrick Project is entirely supported by tax-deductible donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.

 

To learn more visit our website at www.jhproject.org or join the conversation at:

Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/JosephineHerrickProject

Twitter  https://twitter.com/JHP1941

Instagram  http://instagram.com/jhproject

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/josephine-herrick-project

Josephine Herrick Project Announces Board of Directors Election

 

 Matt Sweetwood

Matt Sweetwood, President of Unique Photo Elected to Vice President of the board and Mark Hempel, Senior Director of Sales of Canon U.S.A., Inc. elected as a Member of the Board of Directors

New York, NY, June 2, 2014 

Josephine Herrick Project (JHP) announces the recent election of Matt Sweetwood to Vice President of the Board of Directors from member of the Board of Directors and Mark Hempel, Senior Director of Sales of Canon U.S.A., Inc. elected to a member of the Board of Directors.

Matt Sweetwood is the President of Unique Photo, a state of the art camera store in New Jersey.  Most recently, he has been credited with the reinvention the successful modern camera store, which includes the country’s largest in-store education program, the Unique University®.

 Mark Hempel

Mark Hempel is Canon’s Senior Director of Sales for the Imaging Technologies & Communications Group. His responsibilities include sales to Canon dealers across the US.  He has had a lifetime interest in photography & imaging.  He has been employed by Canon for 27 years and has been working in the Photo Industry for 33 years. Mark Resides in Marblehead, Ma. and works from Canon’s new US headquarters in Melville, NY.

“It’s exciting to welcome Mark Hempel of Canon USA to our Board of Directors, Mark has the kind of expertise, experience and commitment to our mission that we are looking for as we grow our board,” stated Maureen McNeal, Executive Director of Josephine Herrick project. And with Matt Sweetwood’s new leadership role as Vice President of the board, we will surely reach our 75th anniversary goals by 2016.”

Matt Sweetwood has played a critical role in the process of transforming our organization by helping us rebrand to Josephine Herrick Project from Rehabilitation Through Photography” stated Jackie Augustine, President of Josephine Herrick Project. “He spearheaded the initiative to rebrand our organization, he lent us his team to create a new vibrant website, and he developed a social media platform and became our spokesperson to the industry which resulted in much needed donations of cameras for our students and significant monentary donations to help us grow our programs. We are delighted that he has accepted the Vice President position and will continue to have a major impact on the organization. We also welcome Mark Hempel to the Board of Directors. We are delighted to again have a major camera manufacturer on the board of directors and his long career at Canon and lifelong interest in photography will help steer the organization forward.”

The current Board of Directors are: Jackie Augustine, President; Matt Sweetwood, Vice President; Miriam Leuchter, Secretary; Craig M. Nisnewitz, Treasurer; and directors Randy Bourne, Russell Pomeranz, Ricahrd Rabinowitz, and Ron Sharpe.

About the Josephine Herrick Project

Today, the Josephine Herrick Project, Enhancing Lives through Photography, continues to partner with Veteran Administrations as well as schools, social service agencies and like-minded nonprofits.  Following her model, volunteer photographers educate underserved populations throughout the New York City area.  Thanks to the support of the photography industry and corporate and foundation grants, JHP continues Herrick’s mission with free programs, exhibitions and publications that inspire children, teens, adults and seniors with the visual language of photography, enabling them to transform communities through their artistic vision.  Some of the current partners include: Birch Susser School for Exceptional Children, the Block Institute, Cartwheel Initiative, Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, Fresh Art, IUDU School for Students with Special Needs, Jewish Union Foundation, University Settlement House, Millennium High School, International High School, Warrior StillShots, and U.S. veterans in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx.

Josephine Herrick Project is entirely supported by tax-deductible donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.

 

To learn more visit our website at www.jhproject.org or join the conversation at:

Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/JosephineHerrickProject

Twitter  https://twitter.com/JHP1941

Instagram  http://instagram.com/jhproject

Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/company/josephine-herrick-project

 

 

 

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Matt Sweetwood, President of Unique Photo Elected to the Board of Directors of RTP: Rehabilitation Through Photography

RTP is proud to announce the addition of an industry visionary with a strong marketing, management, and photography background to the Board of Directors

New York, NY, February 13, 2013

Rehabilitation Through Photography (RTP) announces Matt Sweetwood elected to the Board of Directors of RTP, Rehabilitation Through Photography.  Matt Sweetwood is the President of Unique Photo, a state of the art camera store in New Jersey.  Most recently, he has been credited with the reinvention the successful modern camera store, which includes the country’s largest in-store education program, the Unique University®. Read more