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


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.


Noire et Blanche by Man Ray featured in JHP Modern Masters of Photography Auction








 Noire et Blanche by Man Ray

Retail Value: $4000

Minimum Bid: $1800

Dimensions: 16 x20

Year: 1926/ printed by trust 2014

Edition: n/a printed by trust

Description: Man Ray originally made this photograph for French Vogue. Upon first glance at the photograph as published in the May 1st, 1926 issue it appears to be entirely gratuitous. The photograph is alone on the page with the title, ‘Visage de nacre et masque de ébène’ (mother of pearl face and ebony mask) and only a brief poetic text about the evolution of the species being led by women. It is not an article about make up or hair styles, nor is it about African art or the photography of Man Ray. But that is precisely the point. Man Ray was a fashionable photographer. The magazine had already prepared their readers by publishing an article about him and his photograms. The model, Man Ray’s lover Kiki, with her pearly white complexion and oval face literally embodied the height of current style. Vogue and other fashion magazines of the time were full of illustrations of the long oval face, even women’s clothing store mannequins, as witnessed in some of Eugène Atgets photographs, had the elongated face, not that different from the stylized faces in Modigliani’s canvases. To mimic the shape and contrast its color, Man Ray used the West African Baoule mask. African sculpture was popular and inspirational to artists since at least the beginning of the century. By the mid-20s, interest in African art and culture had reached a broader public. This fascination reached a peak with the opening of the Exposition Coloniale de Paris in 1931 where most of the Bois de Vincennes was filled with pavilions devoted to the various colonies. Man Ray was confronted with the problem of juxtaposing the two faces. He tried at least two other versions which are less successful. More of Kiki’s body is visible in both variants thus distracting from the essential form of the two heads. By placing Kiki’s head prone on the table top it recalls some of the sculptural heads by Brancusi resting on a pedestal. Brancusi was a friend of Man Ray and even studied photography with him for a while.

JHP Modern Masters of Photography Auction

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.

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: 



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.



Three Iconic Man Ray Prints Up for Auction November 4th!

“Le Violin D’Ingres (1924)” by Man Ray

“Tears (1930)” by Man Ray

“Noir et Blanche (1926)” by Man Ray 


By Sara Sweetwood


“I do not photograph nature. I photograph my visions.” – Man Ray


About the Photographs:

The Josephine Herrick Project’s Live Benefit Auction will include these three iconic Man Ray photographs. The first, “Noir et Blanche,” was featured in March 2013 in the U.S. Postal Service’s Modern Art in America Series of Stamps. It juxtaposes a beautiful, pale woman with a smooth, brown mask. The second, “Le Violin D’Ingres,” Or Ingres’s Violin, depicts a female form made to resemble a violin. The striking similarities in shape are made clear by Ray’s daring photograph. The third, a close-up entitled “Tears,” depicts a captivating eye shedding large beaded tears. Many have said that the fake tears are meant to symbolize his breakup with lover Lee Miller previous to taking this picture.


These iconic photographs 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: 


About the Photographer:

Man Ray, born Emmanuel Radnitzky in Philadelphia in 1890, was an acclaimed artist and photographer. He spent most of his life creating art in Paris; however, he was forced to return to America during the Second World War. He is known for his contributions to both the Dada and Surrealist art movements. He is also renowned for his avant-garde photography. He passed away in 1976 from a lung infection. In 1999, ARTnews magazine named Man Ray one of the 25 most influential artists of the 20th century. They stated, “Man Ray offered artists in all media an example of a creative intelligence that, in its ‘pursuit of pleasure and liberty’, unlocked every door it came to and walked freely where it would.” 


For more information about the benefit auction and to purchase tickets visit


Our Online Auction is now LIVE!

Please visit: to see all the amazing photographs up for bid now and at the Josephine Herrick Project’s 2013 MODERN MASTERS OF PHOTOGRAPHY BENEFIT AUCTION on November 4, 2013 in NYC