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!

JHP Celebrates: Volunteer Photographers!

Tuesday evening, July 28, the JHP community relaxed on a beautiful roof deck on the Lower East Side, thanks to the generosity of Bradley and Elana Hart. We call it the annual BBQ because of the summer appeal, but for two years now have served delicious Mexican food from Dos Toros along with beer or a bright and bubbly Prosecco. A nice blowing breeze and the gorgeous East River and New York City sunset views turned a hot night into a cool event. It was a fantastic way to connect and say thank you to all the very special people who teach our programs, help us with videography, participate on committees, and serve on our board. And to those who could not attend, we couldn’t succeed without you!

JHP board members and photographers chat.

JHP photographer Vik and former participant and current Advisory Board member Akeem.

Board member Matt snaps shots of volunteer photographer Romina and guest.

JHP Executive Director Maureen and Program Coordinator Afiya chat with guests while Matt snaps the photographer Sheridan and the beautiful LES view.

Words: Elana H. | Photos: Russell Dian

Program Spotlight: Pre-Schoolers Who Photograph at Birch Family Services


The month of May was themed “Living and Non-Living” at Watson Avenue Early Childhood Center of Birch Family Services in Parkchester. Two separate classes of preschoolers found themselves utilizing JHP provided cameras for four weeks with the help of volunteer photographers Elena Bernstein and Susan Falzone.

The co-teachers instructed on basic, graspable topics like: how to hold the camera properly, what is a shutter button, how to fill the frame and how to stand still to avoid blurry photos. Both classes had an integrated student population with some students existing on the autism spectrum and of course both classes maneuvered with mountains of energy despite the small bodies.

The JHP team and the staff at Watson are very pleased with the outcome of the program. The students proved their ability to retain information and follow instruction with the goal of producing enjoyable photographs and understanding the difference between living and non-living (a necessary skill in society). Over the next week, each class is culminating their school year with a moving up ceremony that includes a student art gallery of their photos from the program—a very special addition to their tradition.

Today, parents were made aware of their child’s artistry and invited to enjoy the exhibit. JHP received gratitude for exposing their children to more ways of finding identity and creative expression. And we are proud to say, that with another successful program, we have enhanced some very special lives.

Student captures “non-living” – Photo by Afiya Shani W. (Program Coordinator, Photographer)
Student captures “non-living” – Photo by Afiya Shani W. (Program Coordinator, Photographer)
The Globe = Non-Living Photo by Justus Severino, Participant
The Globe = Non-Living Photo by Justus Severino, Participant
A Photo of “living” – Photo by Nestor Quezada, Participant
A Photo of “living” – Photo by Nestor Quezada, Participant
Student capturing “living” – Photo by Susan Falzone, Volunteer Photographer
Student capturing “living” – Photo by Susan Falzone, Volunteer Photographer
Student captures “non-living” – Photo by Afiya Shani W. (Program Coordinator, Photographer)
Student captures “non-living” – Photo by Afiya Shani W. (Program Coordinator, Photographer)


Introducing: Isadora! JHP Volunteer Videographer

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.

Volunteer Photographers Needed!

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

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: http://jhproject.org/about/our-photographers/volunteer-photographers-needed/


Resource Magazine Features JHProject in Snapping Photography for Good Causes

Snapping Photography For Good Causes

Vanessa_Oswald May 3, 2013 IMAGE MAKERS

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.

© Tonee Lawrence

Operation Love Reunited

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

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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 Shutterbug.com.  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 – Shutterbug.com
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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