What an amazing opening reception we had last night at La Mama Theatre featuring Linda Kessler‘s “Subway Sleepers” and the work of program participants from the JHP and Brain Injury Awareness of New York State partnership!
We are so grateful for all that attended and shared love and energy with us. Your support makes it possible to continue to do the fulfilling work of enhancing lives through photography!
As the chill of late October portends the winter frost, I’m looking back to a summery September Sunday, when I attended Brooklyn Bridge Park’s annual Photoville exhibition as a volunteer for the Josephine Herrick Project.
Being a new volunteer and a first-time Photoville goer, I felt slightly uncertain walking through the long rows of corrugated shipping containers, each one bursting with light and color from the displays set up inside. Upon reaching container #47, Maureen McNeil’s friendly face welcomed me into the booth, which was decked out in all things JHP.
On the left wall, tacked up with knobby magnets, a perfect grid of prints represented student works from JHP-lead programs. Facing opposite was a selection of professional works from several of JHP’s volunteer instructors. On the back wall of the much-deeper-than-it-looked container, an informational poster with Josephine Herrick’s formidable image held court between the two separate displays. The layout was very effective and almost seemed like an allusion to the charitable actions Josephine took towards bringing quality photography instruction to “communities without a voice”.
Settling in, I joined Maureen in providing info and insight on the foundation to the well-heeled hipsters, late-summer tourists and old school New Yorkers who browsed airily through the exhibits. It was inspiring to see the genuine interest visitors had in JHP’s mission! Many expressed a desire to learn more about the foundation and ways to become involved.
Throughout my volunteer shift, one particular student work continued to catch my eye and interest. Against a plain backdrop, a grey-weathered veteran peered up with a playful Mona Lisa smile, his bohemian beads unhidden from beneath the forest green work shirt that matched his military cap. His benevolent eyes trailed my movements in and around the container, reminding me of the servicemen who inspired Josephine to begin this project 75 years ago.
As the afternoon cooled, a gusty rain whooshed in from the water, bringing new spectators to our container. Herding them in, we brought their attention to the displays and showed off the glossy photo-books from past programs. The atmosphere was festive as rows filled up on the sign-in mailing list and piles of postcards flattened towards the table.
A brief lull in the rain brought my volunteering shift to an end. I returned to Manhattan feeling shiny and inspired by the kindness and incredible sincerity of our Photoville booth visitors.
Thank you so much to Maureen and the entire JHP team for giving me the opportunity to volunteer and report on such a remarkable event!
– Ariel Alyce is an NYC-based writer.
JHP Program Coordinator with dedicated teaching volunteers Susan and Romina.
Isadora, JHP volunteer videographer, standing and smiling with her Photoville print!
The participant wall at JHP. Photos shown here were captured during one of the 2014 JHP programs in the NYC community.
Vivian Maier (February 1, 1926-April 21.2009) was an American street photographer born in New York City. Although born in the U.S., it was in France that Maier spent most of her youth. Maier returned to the U.S. in 1951 where she took up work as a nanny for the rest of her life. In her leisure however, Maier had begun to venture into the art of photography. Consistently taking photos over the course of five decades, she would ultimately leave over 100,000 negatives, most of them shot in Chicago and New York City. She was recently the subject of the documentary Finding Vivian Maier.
“I will remember the unnerving moment when I was submerging the whole system under water, and another one, when I jumped into the pool and intuitively threw my hands with the camera above the water. I certainly have my equipment insured and trust Ikelite’s reputation but there is something about bringing electronics under water…” –Ed Hafizov
Info: This is a real underwater photo session with both the model and the photographer being underwater. The model’s body is painted. Everything is real, no composites or added elements.
Earlier this week I had the pleasure of meeting with Mr. Hafizov, and discussing his “Jellyfish” creation. The first thing he said was “give the body painter (Anastasia Durasova) all of the credit; it was her vision.” While he humbly emphasized this, I couldn’t help but think; ok, but isn’t it this man’s brilliant talent that brings the Jellyfish to life? I asked Hafizov if he had a concept or idea in mind before he started shooting with his model, Tanya Dolichnaya, which he did. Beforehand, Hafizov had 2 sessions with Tanya in an acquaintance’s pool without the paint, followed by 2 sessions with paint . Tanya is wearing a white bathing suit, and is completely covered in different shades of blue paint, in order to create Hafizov’s vision. The top of the human jellyfish is actually a large hat, created by Anastasia with painted fabric and wiring.
What I find so intriguing about this photograph is that this model is intended to look like a jellyfish, yet when I really study it I find it morphing into something more human, and even scientific. What I mean is I feel as if I am staring at the muscles of a human being, somehow caught in motion through an x-ray. I can almost see these blue muscles undulating before my eyes if I gaze at this photograph for a long period of time. What I also find so human about it is her left hand is the only body part that appears to be fully intact in the photograph, and the illumination of the light on this area emphasizes it. To me, this photograph really pays tribute to the jellyfish, which is a creature that is far more aware of their environment at all times than humans could ever be at one time.
This stunning photograph will be part of the Josephine Herrick Project2013 MODERN MASTERS OF PHOTOGRAPHY BENEFIT AUCTION on November 4, 2013 in NYC. For more information about the auction, please visit: http://vagrantvectors.com/benefit/
About the photographer:
Ed Hafizov, born in the USSR, is the creative director and owner of Zorz Studios, located in Manhattan, NY. He offers arousing and daring fashion, commercial, wedding, and beauty photography. He has won the Fearless Photographer Award 3 times in a row, and is a distinguished member of Grace Ormonde Platinum List. He Specializes in fashion and commercial photography, advertising, underwater photography, body painting, fine arts portraiture, sensual boudoir, fine art maternity, epic wedding photography, and edgy engagement sessions. www.zorzstudios.com/
Continuing the Legacy of Josephine Herrick, Pioneer of Using Photography to Help Those in Need
NEW YORK, August 9, 2013—In the 1940s, Josephine Herrick was a budding photographer with a novel idea: put cameras in the hands of wounded WWII servicemen and guide them through the rehabilitative power of photography. On November 4 the Josephine Herrick Project, the organization that bears her name and fulfills her inspiration with today’s veterans, autistic children and others, will auction more than 40 dazzling images from celebrated modern photographers as a fundraiser. The 2013 Modern Masters in Photography Benefit Auction will take place at the Aperture Gallery, 547 West 27th Street, New York City. Tickets are $150 per person, available at http://vagrantvectors.com/benefit/.
The benefit consists of a silent auction of artwork, portrait sittings, gallery tours and camera equipment and a live auction conducted by a Christie’s auctioneer. Attendees will have a chance to acquire a signed print from modern masters, including Amy Arbus, Ralph Gibson, Mike Yamahsita, Phil Borges, Art Wolfe, Pulitzer Prize winner Jay Dickman, Douglas Kirkland, former White House photojournalist Barbara Kinney, longtime United Nations photographer John Isaac and Ron Haviv, author of Blood & Honey: A Balkan War Journal. Also included are images from the Man Ray Trust.
These artists join a heritage of illustrious photographers who, through donations of their work, have supported the organization’s mission to enhance lives through photography. Thirty-five years ago at its last auction, attendees bid on images by Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke-White, Edward Steichen, Irving Penn and others. The event this year likewise may feature potential investment pieces by contemporary photographers.
The Josephine Herrick Project creates programs, exhibitions and publications and currently provides equipment, curriculum and volunteer photography teachers to more than 20 programs in New York City. It partners with several agencies and hospitals, including the Brooklyn VA, Block Institute, Gallop/NYC, Creedmoor Psychiatric Center and Beacon University Settlement.
The organization was formerly known as Rehabilitation Through Photography, but a name change in June was made to honor its founder. “The benefit auction, revived after a long hiatus, is another way to share Josephine Herrick’s long-lasting influence with the American public,” said Maureen McNeil, who joined as director in September 2012. “We will be celebrating evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and sensational photography. We look forward to sharing this moment with our supporters, programs, photographers and friends.” she added.
Herrick earned much acclaim from the New York photography and medical communities in her lifetime. She worked closely with Dr. Howard Rusk, considered the father of rehabilitative medicine, who invited her to develop therapeutic photography programs for patients at the Rusk Institute.
Herrick began using a camera for charitable causes in 1941. She enlisted friends to take pictures of servicemen departing to war. Her team of volunteers then sent each serviceman’s photo to his family along with a personalized note. After the war, her organization took shape, teaching camera skills and self-expression to wounded veterans to help heal the emotional scars of war. Eventually, the group began receiving requests to develop programs for schools, hospitals, senior centers and social service agencies.
About The Josephine Herrick Project
The Josephine Herrick Project is a New York City-based nonprofit, founded in 1941, that enlists photographic community volunteers and the industry to provide equipment and photography skills to underserved populations. JHProject’s free programs inspire children, teens, veterans, adults and seniors with the visual language of photography, which enables them to engage with others and in their communities through their artistic vision.
Doug Kirkland’s portrait of Audrey Hepburn will be among the signed works donated by today’s top photographers to be auctioned at a benefit for the Josephine Herrick Project on November 4 at the Aperture Gallery. For information and to order tickets to the event, visit http://vagrantvectors.com/benefit/.
Angel’s Trumpet by Elizabeth Opalenick is among the signed photographic works up for bid at the 2013 Modern Masters in Photography Benefit Auction. The event, a fundraiser for The Josephine Herrick Project, takes place November 4 at the Aperture Gallery. For information and to order tickets to the event, visit http://vagrantvectors.com/benefit/.