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“Subway Sleepers” Opened with Grand Success!

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!

Many MANY thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts for supporting our community work and believing in our mission. Here’s to another great exhibit!

Did you miss it? The exhibit is open all weekend:
June 23-24: 11am-9pm
June 25-26: 2pm-9pm


Josephine Herrick Project Receives Grant from the NEH!

Great news!

JHP just found out that we received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to preserve our collection of photographs ranging in time from WWII to today.

Read the Press Release:

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. The Endowment awards grants to top-rated proposals examined by panels of independent, external reviewers.

“NEH provides support for projects across America that preserve our heritage, promote scholarly discoveries, and make the best of America’s humanities ideas available to all Americans,” said NEH Chairman William D. Adams. “We are proud to announce this latest group of grantees who, through their projects and research, will bring valuable lessons of history and culture to Americans.”




Program Spotlight: Kips Bay Library

After being introduced to a wide range of compositional elements, the active seniors at the Kips Bay branch of the New York Public Library concluded their 8-week program with a final exhibition reflecting abstract images of city life.

The ordinary became extraordinary for two hours every Tuesday as students walked the streets of Manhattan putting to practice their new lessons. The program produced a final exhibit that hangs in the Kips Bay branch community room. Participants invited friends and family to the reception and we even had a visit from Jesus Perez, representative of Manhattan Borough President Gail Brewer’s office.

The participants were a spirited bunch and are already looking forward to another program they can join.

JHP and the Kips Bay program were also featured in Town and Village bringing great local attention to the good work happening in the community. After much support from NYPL and excitement over the coming exhibit,
additional prints were made and images have been framed for the public. You can view the exhibit at the Kips Bay branch 2nd floor community room.

Photos before they meet the white walls.


Heidi with her print.

Michael taking in fellow classmate artwork.

Carol shining bright with her print.

Town and Village article. Images by: Shelley W. (Kips Bay participant)

JHP Remembers: Ian Mark Jones, Photographer

RIP Ian Mark Jones, Photographer

April 29, 1983 – August 10, 2015

Our condolences to the family of New York photographer, Ian Jones, 32, who passed away following a kayak accident on the Hudson River Saturday morning.

As a photographer, Jones worked on a project titled “Street Kids,” which “casts a photographic lens on the street-kid culture of the East Village.”

Here’s more about that project:

“It began as a collaborative effort between Jones and Grey Magazine’s editor-in-chief Valentina Martin. Both were fascinated by the hardcore resiliency and youthful vibrancy of the “unknown” youth of Tompkins Square. Agreeing from the start that neither one of them would profit, they developed Street Kids with the intention to philanthropically support the kids using fashion photography as a medium. Offering $200 in cash to the kids for one day of photographing, Jones began the process of casting the subjects that would make up his photographs…” MTV plans to develop a six part documentary series about the project this fall.

Learn more about the project here

PhoozL Announces Photo Contest Benefiting the Josephine Herrick Project


Globally recognized professional photographer, Robert Farber is the head judge

September 23. 2013 – (Charlottesville, Virginia) – Photography competition site PhoozL announces a special photo contest (‘Beauty’) that will benefit the Josephine Herrick Project (formerly Rehabilitation Through Photography). This is a paid-entry ($25), judged contest where the contest winners not only win prizes but also contribute to photo charity JHP (via their entry fees). The head judge, Robert Farber, is globally recognized for his genre-crossing style in nudes, still life, landscapes, and fashion. The contest is open to all, amateur to pro, 18+, worldwide. To see more details and to submit by November 19, 2013, go to:

“We are delighted to partner with PhoozL on this project, says Jackie Augustine, President of Josephine Herrick Project. “Our programs use photography to help our participants express themselves. The theme ‘Beauty’ aligns perfectly with our goal to help people see the beauty in their world through a camera lens. We are honored to have Robert Farber as our judge and most thankful for our sponsors: Unique Photo, Aperture Magazine and Cengage Learning.”

Contest prizes include: a 1:1 personal communication with judge Robert Farber about the winner’s entries or photographic work, a $500 Gift Card from photo retailer Unique Photo, a one-year subscription to award-winning Aperture Magazine, a free book selection from the digital photography catalog of Cengage Learning PTR, custom award icons, inclusion in PhoozL’s Winners Showcase, and bonus PhoozL Points.

“We’re very excited to partner with the Josephine Herrick Project in this special photo contest,” adds Harald Johnson, PhoozL’s founder. “The entry fee is $25 for up to 3 submissions, and the entry proceeds will be donated to JHP to support their good works in enhancing lives through photography.”

About Josephine Herrick Project
The Josephine Herrick Project (formerly Rehabilitation Through Photography, established 1941) is a New York-based nonprofit that enlists photographic community volunteers to educate students who have not had the opportunity to learn the communicative power of photography. Through partnerships with local organizations, JHP projects are completely free programs that inspire children, teens, adults and seniors with the visual language of photography, enhancing their abilities to transform communities through artistic vision.

About Judge Robert Farber
Robert Farber‘s style has influenced generations of photographers. His painterly, impressionistic style captures the essence of composition in every genre, including nudes, still life, landscapes and fashion. His ten photo art books have sold over half a million copies. Robert’s fine-art photographs have been published in virtually every form, and he has exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide. Aside from his fine art photography, Robert Farber’s work encompasses major campaigns for fashion, beauty and advertising, as well as directing for TV and film. A documentary highlighting Farber’s life and career, is in development for PBS.

About PhoozL
PhoozL® ( provides photographers and photo enthusiasts with Recognition for their photo talents, photo Learning, and Inspiration via unique photo challenges/contests, professional judging and judge commenting, and other valuable feedback from pros and peers alike.

*PhoozL® and Photo IQ® are registered trademarks of Harald Johnson Communications.

Modern Photography Masterworks Up for Bid at JHP Benefit

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

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


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


Josephine Herrick Project is pleased to announce Harmon Kaplan of Secaucus, New Jersey as the grand prize winner in the “Sony NEX Digital Camera Giveaway” on Facebook


Harmon Kaplan Grand Prize Winner

Josephine Herrick Project (JHP) – April 29, 2013 JHP announces the grand prize winner in the “Sony NEX Digital Camera Giveaway” on Facebook.  Congratulations to Harmon Kaplan the lucky winner!

To enter, contestants had to go to Facebook and like the newly launched JHP’s Facebook page: The contest ran from March 27, 2013 through April 10, 2013.  The results were amazing increasing mentions for JHProject Facebook page from 877 to 183,869 and adding 429 new fans!  The Sony NEX Digital Camera was a coveted prize.

Our grand prize winner, Harmon Kaplan, a talented photographer, dentist (retired), and Veteran discovered his passion for photography at age 9, inspired by his father’s photography. He currently runs a free photography group at the Secaucus Public Library, and truly enjoys sharing photography with others. Kaplan states, “most of all, photography has been my constant companion and friend for a long, long time!” This is what Josephine Herrick Project strives to bring for anyone who has not had the chance to experience just how therapeutic photography can be in every way. We are proud to give this camera away to a talented photographer who has always had an undeniable passion for photography, and will utilize his talent to help inspire others. Josephine Herrick Project sincerely thanks Sony for their generous donation, and again, congratulations to Harmon Kaplan!


About the Sony NEX-7

Our grand prize is more than a pocket camera, the 24.3 megapixel NEX-7 exceeds expectations.  Here’s performance that would give most DSLRs camera envy, including interchangeable lenses, a 2359K dot OLED eye-level TTL viewfinder, up to 10fps shooting, and outstanding Tri-Navi™ 3-dial manual control.  HD movies are superb with Full 1920 x 1080 resolution at 60p, 60i and 24p. For more information visit:

About the Josephine Herrick Project

Today, the Josephine Herrick Project, Enhancing Lives through Photography, continues to partner with Veteran Administrations as well as schools, social service agencies and like-minded nonprofits.  Following her model, volunteer photographers educate underserved populations throughout the New York City area.  Thanks to the support of the photography industry and corporate and foundation grants, JHP continues Herrick’s mission with free programs, exhibitions and publications that inspire children, teens, adults and seniors with the visual language of photography, enabling them to transform communities through their artistic vision.  Some of the current partners include: Birch Susser School for Exceptional Children, the Block Institute, Cartwheel Initiative, Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, Fresh Art, IUDU School for Students with Special Needs, Jewish Union Foundation, University Settlement House, Millennium High School, International High School, Warrior StillShots, and U.S. veterans in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx.

Josephine Herrick Project is entirely supported by tax-deductible donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.



JHP and Brooklyn’s Block Institute: Developmentally Disabled Students Learn Self-Expression Through Photography

The Block Institute, based in Brooklyn, New York, was founded in 1961 by Rabbi Block who decided to work with mentally challenged adults who had been denied the right to attend bar mitzvah classes. Since then, the Institute has established a health clinic as well as several programs for both adults and children. While receiving the care they deserve from the Block Institute, the Josephine Herrick Project (formerly Rehabilitation Through Photography) began a complementary program to help these people tap into their creativity through photography. By providing photo gear and professional photographers to teach classes, the Josephine Herrick Project helped to free the Block Institute attendees from the social stigma of “developmentally challenged” and discover their inner talent. These photography programs became a huge success in more ways than one: not only did the students learn to creatively express themselves, but it gave their therapists and teachers extraordinary insight into how their patients and students view the world around them. This moving short film provides a closer look at what the Josephine Herrick Project has done in conjunction with the Block Institute. We look forward to creating many more successful programs like this one at the Block Institute so we may better understand the world around us through the artistic vision of everyone!

Independent Photo Imagers Celebrates Their 30th Anniversary and Donates to RTP

By Jennifer Kruger, PMANewsline

Independent Photo Imagers (IPI) members joined Fujifilm North America Corp. in donating $460 to support the work of Rehabilitation Through Photography, a charity devoted to transforming lives through the power of photography.

“Our members joint contribution with Fujifilm was the idea and made possible by Georgia McCabe. During our IPI Member Retreat, Georgia provided one-on-one consulting for our members and our members provided a contribution for their time with Georgia,” said Brent Bowyer, executive director at IPI. He continued, “Our members have never had such a positive experience, and I suspect similar programs will become a mainstay of our future Member Retreats.” Read more