Knickerbocker Participants with Volunteer Photographers
Yesterday, veterans from Services for the Underserved (SUS): Knickerbocker Housing culminated their photography program with an in-house photography exhibition. Over the last eight weeks, the small but dedicated group traveled with cameras in tow to various Brooklyn locations learning from JHP volunteer photographers Nousha Salimi and Vik Gupta. On their final meeting, the vets erected their own showcase of photography and accompanyingcaptions. The exhibition comprises photos representing their trips to places like Prospect Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Brooklyn Botanical Garden.
Opportunities to engage photography and communicate with the outside community are necessary for our veteran groups, especially those in shared housing. “This is good for us,” says Israel, resident and participant, “to leave here and see something different. We need it.” The mission of JHP is to support groups like the veterans at Knickerbocker by offering programming that contributes creativity, positivity and new experiences into their lives. This was the second program collaboration between JHP and S:US.
Even more exciting, JHP received an award from the NEA to support teaching artist Nousha Salimi in her photography practice and work in the social justice community. Nousha’s work and the veteran’s photos will reach a larger audience in an exhibition on the Lower East Side from June 22-25.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how NEA grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.
Lately, we have seen a lot of Isadora Frost–our new volunteer videographer! With tripod and camera in tow, she has already captured our professional development meetings, interviews with staff and interns in the JHP office, the Job Path Exhibition Opening, and the Brain Injury Survivors photo program on the streets of Williamsburg with fellow volunteers, Vik Gupta and Alberto Vasari. You will see her again at the June 3rd Award Ceremony, documenting our celebration of a year of programming at JHP.
Isadora is from Brazil and new to New York City. She received a BA in Fine Arts from San Francisco Art Institute and has a BA in Performance and Dance from Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Soa Paulo, Brazil. We are very lucky to have Isadora as an intern and volunteer. She is fun, easy to work with, and is an excellent editor!
Soon, you can catch some of her JHP short videos on YouTube. Stay tuned.
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.
“Imagine if you taught a generation of people how to tell a story with a camera” quote by Kate Haily
By Jackie Augustine – February 14, 2015
I love what I do! I’ve been fortunate to have a great career in the photo industry and now I can give back to the industry I love. I am the President of the Josephine Herrick Project (a volunteer position) and last fall I decided to “jump in” and take a turn as one of the volunteer photographers for a new program in New Jersey. It was our first New Jersey Veterans Program and was hosted by Unique Photo in Fairfeild, NJ. We had an amazing team of photographers: Harmon Kaplan, Rick Gerrity and Michael Downey. These guys, all professional photographers and veterans, related so well with our 16 Veteran students that it was a pleasure to get up early on a Saturday to join in the photographic experience and the camaraderie. We also had Canon Rebel DSLR’s donated by Canon USA which helped the students create amazing photographs.
Today, as I was trolling the web and the snow started to fall yet again! I found this great post by Kate Hailey from the Digital Photography School about why you should consider doing volunteer photography. Please read her post, like her post and share her post. Please consider giving back and sharing your photography skills with an organization that helps people through the “power of photography.” And if you want to volunteer, please consider the Josephine Herrick Project and contact our Executive Director, Maureen McNeil at 212-213-4946 or maureen@JHProject.org
There is so much power in photography, as the old adage goes: A picture is worth a thousand words. Imagine if you did more than just create a photograph? Imagine if you taught a generation of people how to tell a story with a camera? Would you?
I have, and find it terribly rewarding! Well perhaps not an entire generation, but I have worked with some awesome teenagers in the Seattle area. Let me just say, it’s truly wonderful to see what can happen when you work with young curious minds.
I have mentored with a Seattle area non-profit, Youth In Focus whose mission is to empower urban youth, through photography, to experience their world in new ways and to make positive choices for their lives.
Youth In Focus offers film and digital photography classes at different levels; this includes a full darkroom and a digital lab. It’s a kind of after-school program, providing a lot of these kids an opportunity to have a creative outlet that may not be available to them through their schools. Students are issued a camera, film/media and receive assignments weekly. There are also field trips to local museums and even photowalks.
One of our outings was at Pike Place Market in Seattle. Some of the kids in the group hadn’t been to the market before, this made for a great opportunity to see the market as well for them to have access to us while taking photographs, real time. The bonus was that we teachers and mentors take photos too.
During my time with Youth in Focus, I worked with three different groups of students. Each group was amazing and entertaining too! The best moments are a round table discussion of each student’s images. Every week they select, edit, and print their favourite image from the previous week’s assignment. They may ask for guidance in selecting that image, especially in the beginning of the classes, as they’re just learning. You’ll find the best way to help them is to ask questions about the story they’re trying to tell or how they believe the composition could be better, etc. The goal is to get them talking about it, get them involved.
Connecting with the students via the art they’re creating is so powerful; seeing their improvement each week makes you proud. You’re excited for what’s to come and where they’re going to take it. It’s an experience not yet matched by any work I’ve done in my professional life. Perhaps if I were a full-time teacher I’d feel that, every day. I imagine you’ll get as much, if not more out of the experience if you try it.
At the end of each quarter the kids select their best one or two images to display as a part of an open house show. There’s a potluck dinner, and a gallery of images to view from each class. It’s so impressive to see what these kids create.
Josephine Herrick Project is proud to present its Annual Benefit Party and Photography Auction being held on November 6th at Affirmation Arts New York. Event Co-Chair Cathy Kaplan, Sidley Austin LLP states “it is a privilege to be part of an institution and event which recognizes members of the community who support arts education and the transformative power of photography.”
Master of Ceremonies, Elizabeth MacDonald, Fox Business Network
Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Fox Business Network editor and on-air personality Elizabeth MacDonald. The honorees for the evening are Dr. Steven Flanagan, Chair of Rusk Rehabilitation NYU Langone Hospital and photographer Nina Berman. Rusk Rehabilitation has been partnered with Josephine Herrick Project since WWII. “ At Rusk,” says Dr, Flanagan, “we treat the full range of problems associated with brain injury – physical issues such as difficulty walking and performing the normal activities of daily life, as well as, behavioral problems, “Vocational therapy is also a very big part of our approach.” Notes Dr. Flanagan,” and our vocational program is among the best in the world. Nina Berman is a documentary photographer, author and educator whose photographs and videos have been exhibited at more than 100 international venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art and Dublin Contemporary. Her photographic series Marine Wedding was exhibited at the Whitney Biennial 2010 and is considered an iconic work of the Iraq war.
This year’s event will feature a photography auction of more than 35 prints donated by well-known photographers including Man Ray, Douglas Kirkland, Robert Farber and more. “We are so thankful for the continued support of the professional photographers that donate their amazing photography to support our cause”, stated, Jackie Augustine, President of Josephine Herrick Project, “and to all the camera manufacturers who make monetary donations and supply us with cameras for our programs.” To add to the festivities, small bites will be provided by David Waltuck’s new restaurant élan, the LIVE AUCTION will be run by Rachel Orkin-Ramey from Christie’s and music will be provided by GRACENOTES trio.
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
Josephine Herrick Project has been “Enhancing Lives through Photography” since 1941 and 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, the Bronx and recently launched in New Jersey.
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.
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/.
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.
“I will remember the unnerving moment when I was submerging the whole system under water, and another one, when I jumped into the pool and intuitively threw my hands with the camera above the water. I certainly have my equipment insured and trust Ikelite’s reputation but there is something about bringing electronics under water…” –Ed Hafizov
Info: This is a real underwater photo session with both the model and the photographer being underwater. The model’s body is painted. Everything is real, no composites or added elements.
Earlier this week I had the pleasure of meeting with Mr. Hafizov, and discussing his “Jellyfish” creation. The first thing he said was “give the body painter (Anastasia Durasova) all of the credit; it was her vision.” While he humbly emphasized this, I couldn’t help but think; ok, but isn’t it this man’s brilliant talent that brings the Jellyfish to life? I asked Hafizov if he had a concept or idea in mind before he started shooting with his model, Tanya Dolichnaya, which he did. Beforehand, Hafizov had 2 sessions with Tanya in an acquaintance’s pool without the paint, followed by 2 sessions with paint . Tanya is wearing a white bathing suit, and is completely covered in different shades of blue paint, in order to create Hafizov’s vision. The top of the human jellyfish is actually a large hat, created by Anastasia with painted fabric and wiring.
What I find so intriguing about this photograph is that this model is intended to look like a jellyfish, yet when I really study it I find it morphing into something more human, and even scientific. What I mean is I feel as if I am staring at the muscles of a human being, somehow caught in motion through an x-ray. I can almost see these blue muscles undulating before my eyes if I gaze at this photograph for a long period of time. What I also find so human about it is her left hand is the only body part that appears to be fully intact in the photograph, and the illumination of the light on this area emphasizes it. To me, this photograph really pays tribute to the jellyfish, which is a creature that is far more aware of their environment at all times than humans could ever be at one time.
This stunning photograph will be part of the Josephine Herrick Project2013 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:
Ed Hafizov, born in the USSR, is the creative director and owner of Zorz Studios, located in Manhattan, NY. He offers arousing and daring fashion, commercial, wedding, and beauty photography. He has won the Fearless Photographer Award 3 times in a row, and is a distinguished member of Grace Ormonde Platinum List. He Specializes in fashion and commercial photography, advertising, underwater photography, body painting, fine arts portraiture, sensual boudoir, fine art maternity, epic wedding photography, and edgy engagement sessions. www.zorzstudios.com/
The art of photography can be many things to a person—a job, a passion, a creative outlet, or a way to voice your opinion on an issue. Whether photography is something you practice just for fun or has become your profession, it’s worthwhile to remember the possibilities of using photography to give back.
There are several organizations out there that make it their mission to use photography for the sole purpose of helping those in need and bringing a smile to their faces. Below are twelve ways to use your camera for the power of good.
For the men and women overseas serving our countries Operation Love Reunited is a way for photographers to give back before these soldiers are about to leave for deployment or are already deployed. Professional photographer Tonee Lawrence started the organization, which is a charity to benefit military members and their families. They provide them with free photo sessions with them and their families before they leave for deployment, mid-deployment, and/or when they come home from deployment. After the photos are printed they also send a photo album, free of charge, to the military members. Any photographers interested in becoming a part of this organization can fill out a form here.
Josephine Herrick Project
The Josephine Herrick Project was started in 1941 by Josephine Herrick as a way to bring a voice to those who might never have the opportunity otherwise. This organization gives children and adults, ages eight to eighty, the chance to use a camera and to express themselves freely. They partner with hospitals, social services agencies, schools, non-profits and receive support from the photography community to bring photography into the lives of the less fortunate. “Through free programs, exhibits and publications, students connect with their communities through their talents rather than their disabilities,” Maureen McNeil, Executive Director of the Josephine Herrick Project. To get involved with the Josephine Herrick Project photographers can volunteer their time by teaching an eight-week photo class. To sign up to teach send your resume and a letter to Maureen McNeil
The Block Institute, based in Brooklyn, New York, was founded in 1961 by Rabbi Block who decided to work with mentally challenged adults who had been denied the right to attend bar mitzvah classes. Since then, the Institute has established a health clinic as well as several programs for both adults and children. While receiving the care they deserve from the Block Institute, the Josephine Herrick Project (formerly Rehabilitation Through Photography) began a complementary program to help these people tap into their creativity through photography. By providing photo gear and professional photographers to teach classes, the Josephine Herrick Project helped to free the Block Institute attendees from the social stigma of “developmentally challenged” and discover their inner talent. These photography programs became a huge success in more ways than one: not only did the students learn to creatively express themselves, but it gave their therapists and teachers extraordinary insight into how their patients and students view the world around them. This moving short film provides a closer look at what the Josephine Herrick Project has done in conjunction with the Block Institute. We look forward to creating many more successful programs like this one at the Block Institute so we may better understand the world around us through the artistic vision of everyone!