Program Spotlight: Goodwill Beacon Student Photographers Prepare for College Tour

Goodwill Industries and Josephine Herrick Project recently collaborated to bring a 4-week after school photography program to high school students as they prepare to embark on their annual college tour. Learning to utilize the camera as a tool for documenting and telling a story, the students will serve as the official college tour photographers this year. Supported by the expertise of JHP volunteer photographers, Romina Hendlin and David Mark Erickson, the students focused on composition, finding patterns and point of view. The goal of this program is to guide students in navigating new spaces by using the viewfinder to zoom in on their interests as they relate to choosing a college to attend.

Last week, I led the group in a mock college tour around the Goodwill campus where we staged introductions to “college staff” and practiced the techniques of capturing stories of their individual and collective experiences with photos. As we walked the halls, I acted as a student tour guide asking and answering questions while the photography instructors quizzed them on their knowledge of the camera. To watch these students excitedly engage with the camera was incredible and gave me great confidence that they will return to Astoria with dazzling photos.

This pilot program is the first of what we hope to be many programs in collaboration with Goodwill’s Beacon program.

– A. Williams

#ThrowbackThursday Yousuf Karsh and Mrs. Karsh @ VSP Annual Contest

Great Photographers have always been part of JHP!

By Jackie Augustine – October 23, 2014

Noted photographer Yousuf Karsh and Mrs. Karsh are the center of a happy crowd of winners in Volunteer Service Photographer’s Annual Contest, 1975. VSP is now Josephine Herrick Project. Mr. Karsh a member of the VSP’s Board of Sponsors was on hand to present the top prize for b&w photography.  Yousuf Karsh, CC (December 23, 1908 – July 13, 2002) was a Canadian photographer of Armenian heritage, and one of the most famous and accomplished portrait photographers of all time.  Read about Yousuf Karsh at

Join us at the 2014 Modern Masters of Photography, Josephine Herrick Benefit Auction and Party to celebrate our mission and support our organization by bidding on over 30 amazing photographs by today’s Modern Masters of Photograhy.

We thank all the volunteer photographers who have given their time, their talent and their enthusiasm to enable the Josephine Herrick Project to “enhance lives through the power of photography.”

Volunteer Photographers Needed!

JHP is now interviewing volunteer photographers
to teach free programs to underserved communities
in NYC area. Send letter & resume to

Volunteer Photography Instructors

Our photographers are an active group of volunteers that donate their time and expertise to our diverse populations in New York area. JHP is looking for experienced photographers that are comfortable teaching the basics of digital photography from a basic academic level to a more advanced level, but that also have patience and flexibility to fit the needs of a sometimes mixed group of individuals with different levels of learning abilities and interest.

For more information about the duties of volunteer photographers visit:


Researching the Untold American Story of 900 Negatives

By Maureen McNeil – June 23, 2014

With the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, and the declaration of war, Josephine Herrick stepped out of her portrait studio on 63rd Street and into the NYC canteens. She engaged 35 volunteer photographers to take portraits of young men going off to war, and a print of each young man was sent to his family, in an effort to help the families stay connected.

Anove is a photo found in the JHP archives of a volunteer writing a letter to the family to include with the photo. Today more than 900 of these negatives, not seen since WWII, are housed at the JHP office. What kind of story will they tell when they are scanned, digitized and researched?  Where have all the young men gone? If alive today, most would be in their 90s. We are hoping to gather volunteers to help with this research project, to tell the stories of these young men in an exhibition celebrating of our 75th anniversary in 2016.

In the meantime, we are planning a research workshop this summer at the New York Public Library on 42 street to discover what we can about the fabulous Josephine Herrick. It is her  combined passions for photography and service that continue as our mission today. We encourage all of our participants follow Josephine’s footsteps and become engaged in their communities.