Then & Now: JHP Celebrates Evolution

More specifically, we are celebrating the evolution of our beloved organization. In 1941, Josephine Herrick founded Volunteer Service Photography (VSP), an organization that sent photographers into VA Hospitals to work with the wounded warriors of World War II. Offering the camera as a tool for holistic healing and recognition of the whole person, VSP evolved and expanded to reach other populations who faced challenges, like children with physical disabilities.

In March 1983, VSP became Rehabilitation Through Photography (RTP), which had been the VSP tagline for 42 years. Renamed Josephine Herrick Project (JHP) in 2013, we continue this legacy of strengthening individual voice, self-confidence and community engagement through participation in our programs and internships.

Like the evolution of the camera or even the evolution of our understanding of the human condition, our organization has evolved in our mission to make art accessible and uplifting for all. As we enter our 75th year of enhancing lives through photography, JHP is proud to celebrate our long lasting legacy and our growth in supporters, volunteers and individuals served.


 

Program Spotlight: Brain Injury Survivors


Josephine Herrick Project and the Brain Injury Association of NY State, NYC Chapter are partnering for a second time to offer weekly photography classes to adults living with brain injury.

The current program is focusing on storytelling and “The Art of Life.” People living with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) often suffer from physical and cognitive shifts like weakened vision, difficulty in communicating thoughts and/or difficulty with spatial or facial recognition. Working with the camera allows students to navigate their perceptions of and communicate to the world around them. “The Art of Life” simply speaks to the consistent beauty that exists around us and our individual understanding and connections to that beauty that are captured by the camera.

JHP volunteer instructors Maggie C. and Virginia A. are working alongside NYC Chapter President, Mauricio B., who has also returned as a program participant. The group has engaged photography on a larger scale and taken city based excursions to Bryant Park and to the NYPL current photography exhibit, Public Eye: 175 Years of Sharing Photography. Classroom space is donated by Rusk Rehabilitation Center Currently, at least 5.3 million Americans live with disabilities caused by TBI and JHP is honored to support NYC based individuals through visual literacy and creative storytelling.


JHP Celebrates: Veterans on Veteran’s Day

Josephine Herrick Project is thinking of our veterans on Veteran’s Day. Thank you for your service all over the world. Thank you to our veterans who serve as teaching artists by volunteering their free time and continuing to serve our country and those in need.

Our veteran photographers lead photography classes throughout the year where they can focus on positive thinking, community building.

Josephine Herrick Project honors veterans today and everyday through our work in VA hospitals and Vet Centers.

Photograph by: Israel Smith, Veteran, Services for the Underserved

Top Photograph by: Anna Swanson, Veteran, Bronx VA

JHP Volunteer Voices: Looking Back at Photoville 2015

Looking Back on Photoville 2015

By Ariel Alyce Bornstein

As the chill of late October portends the winter frost, I’m looking back to a summery September Sunday, when I attended Brooklyn Bridge Park’s annual Photoville exhibition as a volunteer for the Josephine Herrick Project.

Being a new volunteer and a first-time Photoville goer, I felt slightly uncertain walking through the long rows of corrugated shipping containers, each one bursting with light and color from the displays set up inside. Upon reaching container #47, Maureen McNeil’s friendly face welcomed me into the booth, which was decked out in all things JHP.

On the left wall, tacked up with knobby magnets, a perfect grid of prints represented student works from JHP-lead programs. Facing opposite was a selection of professional works from several of JHP’s volunteer instructors. On the back wall of the much-deeper-than-it-looked container, an informational poster with Josephine Herrick’s formidable image held court between the two separate displays. The layout was very effective and almost seemed like an allusion to the charitable actions Josephine took towards bringing quality photography instruction to “communities without a voice”.

Settling in, I joined Maureen in providing info and insight on the foundation to the well-heeled hipsters, late-summer tourists and old school New Yorkers who browsed airily through the exhibits. It was inspiring to see the genuine interest visitors had in JHP’s mission! Many expressed a desire to learn more about the foundation and ways to become involved.

Throughout my volunteer shift, one particular student work continued to catch my eye and interest. Against a plain backdrop, a grey-weathered veteran peered up with a playful Mona Lisa smile, his bohemian beads unhidden from beneath the forest green work shirt that matched his military cap. His benevolent eyes trailed my movements in and around the container, reminding me of the servicemen who inspired Josephine to begin this project 75 years ago.

As the afternoon cooled, a gusty rain whooshed in from the water, bringing new spectators to our container. Herding them in, we brought their attention to the displays and showed off the glossy photo-books from past programs. The atmosphere was festive as rows filled up on the sign-in mailing list and piles of postcards flattened towards the table.

A brief lull in the rain brought my volunteering shift to an end. I returned to Manhattan feeling shiny and inspired by the kindness and incredible sincerity of our Photoville booth visitors.

Thank you so much to Maureen and the entire JHP team for giving me the opportunity to volunteer and report on such a remarkable event!

– Ariel Alyce is an NYC-based writer.

 

JHP Program Coordinator with dedicated teaching volunteers Susan and Romina.

Isadora, JHP volunteer videographer, standing and smiling with her Photoville print!

The participant wall at JHP. Photos shown here were captured during one of the 2014 JHP programs in the NYC community.

Robert A. Schaefer, Jr.’s “St. Louis Cemetery #1, New Orleans, LA” featured in JHP’s Annual Benefit Party & Photography Auction

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About “St. Louis Cemetery #1, New Orleans, LA

This “arresting” print would make a wonderful addition to your photography collection.It is a cyanotype print from 2015. It measures 8″ x 11.5″.  Valued at $800.

 

About Robert A. Schaefer, Jr.

Robert A. Schaefer Jr. was born in the teeny, tiny town of Cullman, Alabama which is between Birmingham and Huntsville. In 1975 he received his BA of Architecture Degree from Auburn University. Then he moved to Munich, Germany where he studied photography, architecture and theatre at the Technische Universitaet in Munich and graduated in 1978 with a MA of Architecture (Diplom Ingenieur Architekt). During this time he became a part of the Joerg Walter Koch Gallery in Munich and the Ufficio dell Arte Gallery in Paris, France where his photography was put into the permanent collection of the Bibliotheque Nationale. http://www.schaeferphoto.com/biography/

 

JHP Annual Benefit Party & Photography Auction

This year’s event will feature a photography auction of more than 35 prints donated by well-known photographers.

Proceeds from the Benefit Party and Photography Auction will support Josephine Herrick Project programs. The upcoming Benefit Party and Auction is another excellent opportunity for the community to support arts education for veterans, youth impacted by poverty and all communities in the tri-state area. To purchase tickets, please follow this link: www.jhproject.org/benefit. 

 

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.

Nick Vedros’ “Cubist Poodle” featured in JHP’s Annual Benefit Party & Photography Auction

 

 

 

 

 

© Nick Vedros

About “Cubist Poodle” Print

This “eye-catching” print would make a wonderful addition to your photography collection.It is a digital print from 2000. It measures 24″ x 17″.  Valued at $1,200.

 

About Nick Vedros

Nick Vedros graduated with a degree in photo journalism from the University of Missouri, School of Journalism. For more than three decades, Nick Vedros has been producing award winning work for his many clients. Although he is extremely proud of his past accomplishments, (such as helping BBDO win a Grand Effie for their Apple Powerbook campaign, being named studio of the year by American Photography magazine and being selected twice as one of the Archive International Top 200 Advertising Photographers),

 

JHP Annual Benefit Party & Photography Auction

This year’s event will feature a photography auction of more than 35 prints donated by well-known photographers.

Proceeds from the Benefit Party and Photography Auction will support Josephine Herrick Project programs. The upcoming Benefit Party and Auction is another excellent opportunity for the community to support arts education for veterans, youth impacted by poverty and all communities in the tri-state area. To purchase tickets, please follow this link: www.jhproject.org/benefit. 

 

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.

 

 

Edward Mapplethorpe’s “Torso” featured in JHP’s Annual Benefit Party & Photography Auction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Edward Mapplethorpe

About “Torso” Print

This stunning black and white  photograph is an archival pigment print from 2004. It measures 24″ x 20″.  Valued at $3,000.

 

About Edward Mapplethorpe

Edward Mapplethorpe began his solo career in 1990 and was quickly acclaimed for his luminous nudes, portraits, and still life photographs. Since that time, his work has progressively incorporated painterly qualities and experimental working practices, seen throughout his distinguished bodies of work that include: Undercurrents (1992-94), Stars and Stripes (1994), Transmographs (2000), Compositions (2002), HAIR Transfer (2004; commissioned by Shiseido la Beauté), TimeLines (2007), TimeZones (2008), and The Variations (2011). His work has been widely exhibited throughout Asia, Europe and North and Latin America. In addition to his creative practice, Mapplethorpe has built a successful reputation through his commissioned photographs of one-year-old children. The artist was promoted in House and Garden Magazine as one of the top commissioned photographers of child portraits. Mapplethorpe’s editorial work has been included in AMICA, Blackbook, Interview, Mirabella, New York Magazine, and Paper Magazine. He has photographed advertising campaigns for Robert Lee Morris, Paul Morelli and a special Jeff Koon’s auction for Sotheby’s. Mr. Mapplethorpe was the recipient of the 2004 Henry Buhl Foundation Prize.

 

JHP Annual Benefit Party & Photography Auction

This year’s event will feature a photography auction of more than 35 prints donated by well-known photographers.

Proceeds from the Benefit Party and Photography Auction will support Josephine Herrick Project programs. The upcoming Benefit Party and Auction is another excellent opportunity for the community to support arts education for veterans, youth impacted by poverty and all communities in the tri-state area. To purchase tickets, please follow this link: www.jhproject.org/benefit. 

 

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.

 

JHP Program to Exhibit at Carnegie Hall

We’ve been busy this summer. One of our exciting new programs was in conjunction with NeON Arts, a program of the NYC Department of Probation in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. Participants from each of the seven NeOn Arts were guided through an asset mapping project led by professional photographers. JHP was given the opportunity to work with the Harlem NeON Arts team and volunteer teachers Alberto Vasari and Wendy Correa focused on a “Healthy Harlem” theme with their group. Students learned more about living healthy lives and maintaining healthy relationships from visits to the Harlem Grown office and farm, New York Restoration Project Gardens (Rodale Pleasant Park and Herb Garden), Work Hard. Train Harder! (gym and personal training) and a visit from When Love Works (relationship building).

This unique photo project introduced participants to new resources in their local communities with the opportunity to create an asset map using photographs taken of each of the five found assets. The photos will be used in an interactive Google map and will be on display in an exhibition and reception held at Carnegie Hall on Monday, September 28th. This reception is free and open to the public. Funding for NeON Arts programs is provided by the Open Society Foundations and grant money was awarded to JHP for this project by Carnegie Hall.

Participants capture the greenery at Rodale Pleasant Park.

Enjoying the fruits of labor in garden life.

Participant puts to work some new people skills learned from When Love Works.

Chris Burkard’s “Chilian Coastline” featured in JHP’s Annual Benefit Party & Photography Auction

© Chris Burkard

 

“Chilian Coastline”

 

About Chris Burkhard

Chris Burkard is a self-taught photographer and artist, based in Central Coast California, whose work is layered by surf, outdoor, lifestyle and travel subjects. Burkard’s images are punctuated by energized landscapes and moments of bliss, by adventure seeking and the lifestyle that ensues, by movement and intuitive light-working capabilities. With the ocean as his main muse, Burkard has consistently captured this subject in timeless and expansive photographic impressions, utilizing the tool of surfing to approach the ocean’s intricate personality and then extending out to include the human personalities that draw meaning from this same source.

Searching for wild, remote destinations and offbeat landscapes, Burkard portrays the humble placement of the human in contrast to nature. At the age of 29, Burkard has established himself as a known name in the surf and outdoor industries, accomplished a deep body of work, held staff and senior photographer positions and has been recognized continually for his distinct creative compositions

JHP Annual Benefit Party & Photography Auction

This year’s event will feature a photography auction of more than 35 prints donated by well-known photographers.

Proceeds from the Benefit Party and Photography Auction will support Josephine Herrick Project programs. The upcoming Benefit Party and Auction is another excellent opportunity for the community to support arts education for veterans, youth impacted by poverty and all communities in the tri-state area. To purchase tickets, please follow this link: www.jhproject.org/benefit. 

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.