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.


See You at Photoville!

As I look out my office window, I see the blue, yellow and red shipping containers of Photoville!

We will load in on Wednesday, September 9th and are very excited to introduce Josephine Herrick Project to a brand new audience. We will showcase photographs by participants in 2015 programs as well as highlight work from the high school students of the Step Up program at McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at NYU. Our volunteer teaching photographers have also submitted work to exhibit and we are introducing our organization’s founder, Josephine Herrick (1897- 1972), photographer and social activist.

Plenty to see, so we hope to see you at Photoville!

Photoville is held at Brooklyn Bridge Park and will be open to the public September 10-13 and September 17-20.

Opening Night Party: September 10

JHP Celebrates: Jamie’s One Year at JHP

In the summer of 2014, Jamie joined the JHP team as a volunteer with an interest in enhancing our social media presence and supporting events and activities. A photographer herself, Jamie fits right into our community and may soon begin volunteering as a teaching artist in our community programs. Check out her work!

We love having her as part of the family and truly appreciate all of her dedication to spreading the good word about Josephine Herrick Project. Looking forward to another great year with you Jamie.

Thank you for all that you do!

Fleet Week — Old Tradition .. New Photos!

Photograph by: Krista Kennell

Photograph by: Camille Tokerud

Josephine Herrick was first known for her work with New York City debutants, but her legacy in photography is also tied to her work with veterans returning home from war in need of healing, holistic healing.

In honor of our water-based warriors of the U.S. Navy, Marines and Coast Guard, New York City celebrates with its 27th annual Fleet Week. During this week span of time, citizens of NY and the tri-state area are invited to board and tour ships docked in Manhattan and Staten Island for just this purpose. This year, photographers Krista Kennell and Camille Tokerud from the JHP family were invited to capture moments of sailors and supporters as they experienced a small taste of the world our soldiers live within.

Fleet Week began in 1935 and is a tradition that continues to excite major cities. We are honored to have the opportunity to walk a bit in the shoes of our namesake. And though Fleet Week has passed, we continue to honor our soldiers and continue the commitment and legacy of bringing photography programs to veterans.

Photograph by: Krista Kennell

Photograph by: Krista Kennell

Photograph by: Camille Tokerud

Photograph by: Camille Tokerud

Photograph by: Camille Tokerud

Photograph by: Camille Tokerud

Photograph by: Camille Tokerud

Eat, Sip & Shoot – Holiday Networking Event

By Jackie Augustine

What a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season by networking and sharing our passion for photography and our passion for the mission of the Josephine Herrick Project, “enhancing lives through the power of photography.”  We were invited by Helen Kim of Club Ivoire (more about their mission to follow) to enjoy the evening, network and bring our volunteer photographers in to help answer question about how to use their personal cameras or even smartphones to take better photographs.

(Photo on above right) Maureen McNeil, Executive Director, JHP; Peter Neumann, professional photographer and JHP volunteer photographer and a guest holding a copy of American Photo and learning some great photo tips.

Miriam Leuchter (left photo, on right side), JHP Board Member, meeting & greeting and tasting some of the “healthy chocolate” by Jessica Romano (right photo, left side) of XocoLula.

The event took place at the amazing GE Monogram Design Center in the Architects and Design Building.  The awesome event allowed us to sip on Altaneve Prosecco, a bespoke bubbly procured by David Noto, nibble on small bites created by GE Monogram’s, Chef Tagere Southwell, and devour the delicious and healthy gluten-free chocolates made by Jessica Romano of Xocolula. And, of course, share some great photography tips, meet new friends, and take about our passion, The Josephine Herrick Project.

(Left) Rush Press and Mark Sorre of DFUZE Entertainment Media, LLC.  Stan Horaczek, (right) Editor is sharing the tips of the trade with a point-and-shoot camera. The attendees came to the event ready to dine, sip, and definitely learn to shoot better with their cameras.  One attendees came holding up three cameras saying: “OK I’m ready to learn more”.


(Left photo) Ron Leetal of Ron of NYSHUK, the Art of Couscous.  Professional photographer Ashok Sinha( right photo, center) from the cARTwheel Initiative, one of our program partners, leads a lively discussion and presentation on how to take better photos using your iPhone or other mobile devices.


David Noto (left photo, on right) of Altaneve Prosecco with guests.  Right photo on right features Chef Tagere Sotuhwell, who made some amazingly tasty treats, and an admirer, Karen Waltuck, Director of Consortium for Customized Employment at JOBPATH.

CLUB IVOIRE is the events arm of HK & Co. a life management, problem-solving concierge firm for family offices and discerning individuals. Their bespoke events are designed to be fun and educational.  In addition to lifestyle events that engage partners from the design, food, culture and arts worlds, their life management events cover a vast range of topics from family governance and alternative investments to medical and personal security issues. Businesses, conference organizers and individuals retain Club Ivoire’s services to help them align and develop deeper relationships with their clients and colleagues by delivering educational and lifestyle experiences that lead to effective and impactful results.

Special thanks to Russell Dian for capturing and sharing these wonderful photos of this event; to JHP volunteer professional photograhpers: Nousha Salimi, Peter Neumann, Ashok Sinha, Scott Nidermaiero; and to Stan Horaczek Editor for sharing their expertise.

Thank you Club Ivoire and Helen Kim for inviting us to be a part of your Holiday Party!  Best wishes to all for a very healthy and happy holiday and a prosperous new year!


For The Cause: Using Your Photography For A Purpose

Left: This image of native plant restoration was shot during a five-year rehab project on a local creek for Friends of Deer Creek. It has been used to apply for grants and to attract local volunteers to continue the project. Right: This image of collecting water quality data has been used by the Sierra Streams Institute to help apply for grant funding for ongoing restoration projects. Photos © Josh Miller Photography
I just read a great article by Josh Miller at  It explains how photographers can help small organizations by using their photography for a cause. At RTP, we are a small organization that helps a diverse audience “transform their lives through the power of photography.”  We are looking for some volunteer photographers in the New York City area to help spend a few hours a week or a month to make a difference in their lives and yours.  If you are interested, please click on this link for more information:
Thanks Josh and Shutterbug for a great article!
Jackie Augustine
President, Board of Directors
Rehabilitation Through Photography
By Josh Miller – Posted May 21, 2012 –
Since the development of photography in the early 1800s, there has always been a strong tradition of photographers using their work to promote conservation and social justice issues. One need only to look at the development of the National Park System in the United States to see the impact early photographers had on conservation. William Henry Jackson, with his 1871 Yellowstone photographs, helped push through legislation that established Yellowstone as the world’s first National Park. Another well-known example of a conservationist photographer was Ansel Adams, whose tireless efforts both as a photographer and as a 37-year member of the Sierra Club’s Board of Directors led to the establishment of Kings Canyon National Park in 1940. 

This image has been used by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy several times to promote their conservation efforts throughout the Sierras. This version was created as a magnet and distributed throughout the California Legislature before an important conservation vote.
© Josh Miller Photography

The International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) was established in 2003 by Cristina Mittermeier in an effort to better connect photographers with each other and with environmental and cultural issues. The iLCP organizes photo shoots around the world that bring together groups of photographers in “Rapid Assessment Visual Expeditions” or “RAVEs” to photograph specific locations or cultures under threat. These RAVEs are a way to quickly create bodies of work that can be used by local grassroots and nonprofit organizations to promote immediate, positive changes. While the iLCP helps to organize the RAVEs, their goal is to make the resulting images available to the appropriate organizations in order to bring visual awareness to their cause.

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