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SNAP Talk! Something New About Photography! Photo Program at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center







We met with Sanije Bruncaj, the Senior Recreation Therapist at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center early this year to discuss adding a photography segment to the art therapy program she was doing at Creedmoor.  Sanjie, an amateur photographer, wanted to improve her photographic knowledge before attempting to teach her students the “art of photography”.  We contacted Chuck Delaney, the dean of photography at NY Institute of Photography.  He generously donated an online photography course and Sanjie was up and running.  Armed with cameras from RTP that were donated by Fujifilm and Olympus and her new found knowldge, she started to give her students lessons in photography and took them on photo tours around NY.  Here are some great photos and comments from her student M.B. from NY landmarks:  Time Square, Top of the Rock and NY Aquarium.


Times Square, NYC 4/26/12 – Photo and entries by: M.B






“Welcome to the crossroads of the world, Time Square inNew York City. This is a well known place that we all have talked about most of our lives and some people can only dream of visiting. This is a great place to walk up and down the streets sightseeing. It is very beautiful”


 Top of the Rock –Rockefeller Center,NY– 5/10/12 – Photo and entries by: M.B








“The Top of the Rock Observation Deck is a very scenic part ofRockefeller Center. This picture shows the famous EmpireStateBuilding which is located in mid-town Manhattan. In the background you can also see the Freedom Towers where the Twin Towers once stood.”


The New York Aquarium at Coney Island, NY5/16/12 – Photo and entries by: M.B








“This picture was taken at the New York Aquarium. In this particular photo you can see a part of an exhibit that includes a grey shark and a stingray. This exhibit is located at the prettiest part of the aquarium on Coney Island inBrooklyn,NY.”


Creedmoor Psychiatric Center

SNAP Talk!

(Something New About Photography!)

Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, TheLivingLearning & RecoveryCenter,

80-45 Winchester Blvd, Queens Village,NY11427








Memorial Day: Honor the Fallen, Remember the Living






Today is Memorial Day!  I’d Like to remember that RTP was founded in 1941 by Josephine Herick with the mission to help our wounded soldiers using photography as a unique form of therapy.  In 1942, volunteers were commissioned by the U.S. military to teach photography skills at over 50 locations around the country. Portable darkrooms were also designed so that bed-bound patients could also partake in the photography sessions a well as learn to develop and print the photos they had taken.

RTP continues totransform lives through the power of photography and will be announcing a new Veteran’s Program shortly 

I read a a great article today by Dave Helfert, Professor of Political Communicationa at John Hopkins University who reminds us to “take just a minute to honor those who fought in our wars and lived. For many, their battles are far from over.”

Thank you to all who have served our country!

Jackie Augustine, President, RTP Board of Directors


Memorial Day: Honor the Fallen, Remember the Living

By Dave Helfert – Professor of Political Communication, Johns Hopkins University –

In 1868, the nation set aside the last Monday in May to remember and honor those who had died in her battles. Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day, and people placed wreaths and bouquets on the graves of the fallen from the Civil War.

One hundred forty-four years later — seven declared or undeclared wars and dozens of incursions, clashes and confrontations since Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Courthouse — it’s still fitting and proper to honor the fallen. But it is every bit as fitting and proper to honor those who have been scarred, visibly or invisibly, by combat. Many combat wounds don’t show, and yet the invisible scars can be every bit as painful, every bit as debilitating, last as long and hurt as deeply as any physical injury.

Today it’s called post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. It’s been around as long as war itself. Greek soldiers in the Battle of Marathon in 490 B.C. experienced it on the battlefield and after they’d returned home. In our own country’s history, thousands and thousands of Civil War veterans suffered from “soldier’s heart.” In WWI, WWII and Korea, it was called shell shock or combat fatigue. During the Vietnam War, the military didn’t want to admit that anything was wrong. So lots of retuning vets went undiagnosed and were just considered weird or screwed up when they came home.

PTSD wasn’t acknowledged and listed in Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders until 1980. The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, the authoritative medical classification list published by the World Health Organization to code diseases, signs and symptoms, abnormal findings, complaints, social circumstances and external causes of injury or diseases, did not list PTSD until 1992.

And now we have new generations of Americans who have witnessed the abject horror of war and its effect on even the strongest human spirit. They understand the brain-numbing reality of living every hour of every day knowing you could be killed or maimed at almost any time. They understand that to survive in war, you have to be able to kill other people and make incredible deals with yourself to make it okay. They understand that you have to demonize the enemy, even minimize their humanity and turn them into less than people because that makes it easier to kill them. They may have experienced the shock and white-hot anger at losing a buddy. And they assuredly understand that, when snipers have your unit pinned down, or IEDs are detonating, or when you’re in the middle of a firefight, all the speeches about building a democracy or keeping the world safe from terrorism are bilious BS. They understand that, in war, the world doesn’t extend beyond them and their immediate comrades.

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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  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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Tee Off For RTP At The PMDA 62nd Annual Golf Outing on July 12, 2012








Tee Off For Charity At The PMDA 62nd Annual Golf Outing

Proceeds to Benefit RTP -Rehabilitation Through Photography

  • Featuring the 1st Annual Industry Challenge for the PMDA CUP
  • Proceeds to Benefit Rehabilitation Through Photography (RTP)
  • 11:00 AM Registration/Brunch/Warm-Up
  • 12:00 PM Putting Contest
  • 1:00 PM Shotgun Start- Individual Stroke Play- Callaway Scoring
  • 6:00 PM Cocktail Reception
  • 7:00 PM Lobster and Steak Dinner
  • 7:30 PM Awards Ceremony


Thursday July 12, 2012


North Hempstead Country Club, 291 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington, NY 11050


For more information contact: Michelle Tramantano

PhotoImaging Manufacturers & Distributors Association, Inc.

RTP awarded the Voice of Hope Award at Birch Family Services




Budding Photographer

Celebrate the positive impact the

Fotography in Friendship program

 is making in their lives!


Join us on Tuesday May 15, 2012 for the Feelings in Focus Spring Fundraising Event for Birch Family Services, for details click on this link: 



Birch Family Services, founded in 1975, has grown from one small school into one of the largest networks of comprehensive programs serving New York children and families. Birch provides special schools, residences, and other services to individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities ranging in age from 3 to 72. 

Our “newest” New Frontier Program is Fotography for Friendship which uses a shared interest in photography to promote social skills development in young adults on the autism spectrum.  In recognition of your organization’s integral role in making Fotography for Friendship a success, as well as the great work you’ve been doing with our students at our School for Exceptional Children, it is at this event that we would like to present Rehabilitation Through Photography with our Voices of Hope Award.


Ways Photographers Can Make a Difference — Photo Technique Magazine


Posted on February 21, 2012 by   at

The current issue of Photo Technique magazine has a section devoted to “Giving Back.” On page 37, “More Ways You Can Give Back” highlights Rehabilitation Through Photography, Operation: Love Reunited, Help-Portrait, and Shutter Mission as resources for getting started.

San Francisco photographers Andrew Sherman and Marcell Puzsar have a couple of their Help-Portrait images featured in this section as well.

Photo Technique also showcase two photographers who are using their talents to give back. These articles are worth a read: ”Daniel Beltrá: Photography and the Environment — Conservation PHotography and Greenpeace,” by Robert Hirsch and “Mathieu Young on Assignment: Photographing by Moonlight in Cambodia — Helping Others Through Photography,” by Wendy Erickson.

Thanks to Wendy Erickson for the head’s up about the “Giving Back” feature and to Photo Technique for helping to spread the word about photography charities!

A Day at the Queens County Farm







Photo and entries by: J.C. 

RTP started a new program with the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center this year.  Sanije Bruncaj, senior recreation therapist started a new photography program called SNAP Talk! (Something New About Photography) Armed with a donated Olympus digital camera, J.C. started his photo journey with a trip to the Queens County Farm,Queens,NY on  3/22/12.  His photo instructor, Sanije, encouraged him to take pictures that made him feel good.

J.C. loved the trip and said “Animals give me an intense feeling to take pictures right away. The best part about these sheep is that they have a beautiful color. When I was next to them, I felt like I was on top of the world. Next time I visit a farm I would love to take more pictures.”

RTP makes a remarkable difference








“The cameras and instruction that RTP offers makes a remarkable difference to what an organization can offer to its participants’ quality of life. They are no longer defined by their disability but can live up to their full potential. Learning photography teaches them to open their eyes, appreciate, participate and be a partner in the world around them”. Todd Adelman, Director of Special Projects,