ANNOUNCING: Josephine Herrick Photography Award


In honor of JOSEPHINE HERRICK DAY and the 75th Anniversary of JHProject, we proudly announce the Josephine Herrick Photography Award. One photographer each year will be selected as winner by demonstrating with images and an artist statement their combination of photography and social justice.

About JHP:
Josephine Herrick Project is a 75-year old arts organization that offers photography programs to diverse communities throughout New York.

About Josephine Herrick:
Josephine Herrick (1897 – 1972) became passionate about photography as a youth when she discovered that darkroom work soothed an eye ailment. After college she studied at the Clarence H. White School of photography in New York City and through the 1920s and 30s Herrick ran a portrait studio on East 63rd street, photographing debutantes and children. With the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Herrick organized 35 photographers at the NYC canteens to take portraits of young men going to war. These portraits were sent to the men’s families with a hand-written note in an effort to keep families connected. Soon wounded soldiers were filling the VA Hospitals and Dr. Howard Rusk, father of rehabilitation medicine, invited Herrick to provide in house photography programs. This was the beginning of the nonprofit we now know as Josephine Herrick Project. Since then, the organization has enhanced the lives of over 100,000 Americans impacted by poverty and disability through the art of photography.

Contest Details:

Deadline: March 15, 2016

Qualifications: We are looking for compelling photographs that embody the ideas of public service and social justice as defined by the photographer.

Submission Guidelines: Photographers are asked to submit 1) a resume or bio 2) up to five photos and 3) a one paragraph artist statement that represent their passion for combining photography and social justice.

How to Submit: Photos and artist statement should be submitted through to Maximum submission size is 2.0 GB.

Judging Process: Judges will review submissions anonymously and only the submitted photographs and artist statement will be considered in choosing a winner.

Judges: Miriam Leuchter is Editor of American Photography and Popular Photography Magazines and Vice President of the Board of Trustees at JHP; Nina Berman is a documentary photographer, author and educator, whose photographs and videos have been exhibited at more than 100 international venues and she is an associate professor at Columbia University and is a member of the Amsterdam based NOOR photo collective; Deborah Willis is a contemporary African-American artist, photographer, curator of photography, photographic historian, author, and educator. Among other awards and honors she has received, she was a 2000 MacArthur Fellow.

Winner: The winner will be announced on March 30th, Josephine Herrick Day. Winning photographs will be featured in Photoville 2016* and/or another New York City exhibition. Winning work will also feature on our social media and community newsletter.

*Pending our acceptance into the Photoville 2016 exhibit.

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Program Spotlight: JHP Summer Internship

Our office was buzzing this summer!

Earlier this year, two students visiting from Brazil to study photography at Parsons approached JHP about an internship. They learned of our organization and felt that our mission closely aligned with what they seek to do with their photography skills in their home countries—engage the community. Fernanda Verdi and Betina Schmitt sat down with the JHP staff and outlined a very special internship program.

The two photography students would serve as instructors and create a mini-photography program that would be held in our office and their participants would be two students from the Pace University OASIS program and one from Cooke Center Academy, all of whom had already completed one JHP program. Their decided focus was social justice and each of them, instructors included, would consider an issue and then work to capture photographs within their chosen theme.

Participants each created their own Blurb books to feature their work. Malcolm looked at poverty in the city while Nils investigated American culture in NYC. Michael used images to create an anti-bullying campaign poster and Betina and Fernanda created a book that highlighted the 2015 Pride parade and commissioned other visiting artists to contribute.

This small but dynamic group met twice a week for five weeks and split their time between discussing social justice issues, learning photography and walking the city to take photos. Though our two visitors have returned to Brazil to continue their studies, we are so grateful that they joined the JHP family this summer and contributed even more to the growth of our participants and to the valuable work that we do.