FINDING JOSEPHINE HERRICK at the NY Public Library

 

by Maureen McNeil, Executive Director – September 19, 2014

On Saturday, September 20, 2014, a dozen or more volunteers will search the 5th avenue and 42 Street Library databases and print records with research librarian Philip Sutton for traces of Josephine Herrick’s life and work.  He has assured me that we will be amazed at the small details of Herrick’s life that will surface.

Two events in her life that we do know about:

  1. In 1959 Herrick had an exhibition at the library but we do not know at this time which of her images were displayed.
  2. Herrick was one of the “atomic girls” who worked at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, documenting the making of the bomb, although she was not included in the recent book of that title. A letter has been found in the Josephine Herrick Project from the president of the United States thanking her for her service.

Check out today’s OpEd regarding the search for Josephine Herrick at http://www.womensenews.org . Help stop women from disappearing from the history books.

The one point I am hoping to better understand is Herrick’s arc of self-discovery. After graduating from Bryn Mawr and the Clarence H. White School of Photography, Josephine spent the 1920s and 30s at her portrait studio photographing debutantes. But from the 1940s until her death in 1973 she combined her passion for photography with public service.  What caused the lifelong about face? How can we teach people today that it is an option for all of us to move away from promoting the status quo and devote our lives to making lasting social change?

 

Buy Donna Ferrato’s “Tribeca 91101″ on the JHP Professional Photographers Gallery Today!

Photo by Donna Ferrato 

“Tribecca 91101”

By Maureen McNeil – September , 2014

Donna Ferrato is the kind of passionate and generous artists I dream of meeting. Not only is she an iconic downtown photographer with a fabulous loft and two very talented acrobatic cats, she has won many photography awards for her work on domestic violence, gender equity, and women’s rights. Having covered conflicts worldwide for two decades, she is also intent on documenting her Tribeca neighborhood, especially since the World Trade Tower bombing in 2001. This image “2 No. Moore Landmark Structure with AT&T building Tribeca 1006,” included in her book TRIBECA 91101-91111, is one of seventy-four black and white images that feel like her personal iconic space, something she has gazed upon many times. Her Tribeca photographs feel like attempts to stop, as she said, “so many beautiful things from disappearing in front of our eyes.”

I met up with Donna a second time last November at the opening of her exhibition at the Leica Gallery. She was wearing a stunning purple hat, in celebration of her TRIBECA collection, and enjoying a lively crowd of patrons.

 

Dimensions:  

Medium:  Black and white Fiber print

Creation Date:  2006

Signed

Value: $1,700

Story: “This view preserved by the camera is of the AT&T building through the landmark structure at 2 North Moore Street now gone”

 

 

About Donna Ferrato

Donna is a renowned photojournalist whose seminal work on domestic violence opened up – for the first time – the hidden world that people did not want to confront. The corresponding book, Living with the Enemy, Aperture 1991, went through four printing The mission of her “I am Unbeatable” campaign is to save lives, to end suffering, to lead young women away from the cycle of domestic violence to freedom. Her work was featured on the cover of Time twice and then she took the story into the White House for a private meeting with Hillary Clinton.

 Donna has evolved from her photojournalism roots and has become an artist whose subject is where she calls home. Anyone who runs across her on these downtown streets can tell you, she is seldom without her Leica.

Ferrato has been a member of the Executive Board of Directors for the W. Eugene Smith Fund; she was the president and founder of Domestic Abuse Awareness (a 501-c3) and she is now a member of Facing Change Documenting America (FCDA). Recognized many times with professional honors (W. Eugene Grant, Robert F. Kennedy Award for Outstanding Coverage of the Plight of the Disadvantaged, International Women in Media Courage in Journalism Award, Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism, and the city of New York officially declared “Donna Ferrato Appreciation Day” for her work as a women’s advocate.)

Michael Imperioli, actor, writer and TriBeCa resident, said, “Donna Ferrato miraculously manages to capture TriBeCa from two completely distinct points of view at the same time. She can stand at a distance with the objective eye of a compassionate, awestruck outsider as well as take us inside the heart of our big city hamlet with the love and care that only a native could possibly possess.”

 

Own an Amazing Photo and Support an Amazing Cause!

We are excited to announce the launch of the Josephine Herrick Project Professional Photographers Online Gallery.  Our gallery was launched with 12 amazing photographs generously donated by 12 amazing professional photographers who are supporters of the Josephine Herrick Project’s mission which is “to provide 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.”

This is a great opportunity to own an amazing  photograph and help support our programs!

 

Please visit the Online Gallery at:

 

FREE Pass for Photo Plus Expo Courtesy of JHP!

JHP President, Jackie Augustine and JHP Executive Director, Maureen McNeil at PhotoPlus Expo 2013

 

Join Josephine Herrick Project at the PhotoPlus Expo Oct 30 – Nov 1 at Javits Center Register before October 28th and get a 3-day Expo Pass for free! The PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo is the largest photography and imaging show in North America, attended by over 22,000 professional photographers and enthusiasts. Explore over 220 exhibits, see thousands of new products, attend over 80 conference seminars, keynote presentations, special events & more.

PhotoVoice JHP Program at the Step Up Community

By Jamie Ogrodnik - September 12, 2014

Josephine Herrick Project is a volunteer service organization, providing free photography programs to underserved audiences. JHP believes that cameras are transformational tools that give a voice to all people and strengthens visual literacy. In February of 2014, JHProject teamed up with Step Up youth participants in a local community assignment using photography.

Step Up is a project of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research located within NYU’s Silver School of Social Work.  Designed as a youth development and mental health program, Step Up was created by and for high school students. Together they all work towards the goal of promoting social and emotional development, academic achievement, “on time” high school graduation, and a positive transition to young adulthood.   Components of Step Up could include youth life skills groups, one on one mentoring, academic supports and internships, and family level engagement.

 

This past February we had the privilege of working with Step UP.  JHP’s volunteer professional photographers, Virgina Franklin, Nousha Salimi, and Rick Gerrity, helped students to learn about photography and how to use the power of images to tell stories about their communities.  The first part of the assignment had the students meet to discuss what defines a community.  This allowed for the children to identify the community they felt a special connection with and then speak about the strengths and challenges that could occur within these communities.

 

After that, students used their “photovoice” by using the camera to capture the previously addressed issues in their communities.  Once behind the camera, students observed life in their communities through a new vantage point helping them with not only communal issues but with sparking creative juices that could eventually lead to self-betterment and the strengthening of their visual literacy.

A photo book was created capturing their experiences.  Above are actual pages from the book.

For more information regarding JHP services and programs please check out:

www.jhproject.org

For more information about Step Up please visit:

www.McSilver.org

 

 

 

 

 

Buy Thomas Drysdale’s “World Trade Study, 1976” on the JHP Professional Photographers Gallery Today!

Photo by Thomas Drysdale 

“World Trade Study, 1976”

By Maureen McNeil – September 11, 2014

For anyone who loves architecture, the abstract lines of Minoru Yamaski are exquisite in Thomas Drysdale’s photograph “World Trade Center in 1976.”  Because Drysdale captured only the middle of the buildings, the lines look like gleaming sunlit cliffs stretching into infinity, with a dark void in between.

Yet, September 11, 2001 has colored our reaction to this photograph. Today’s lens makes the image look vulnerable, as if the buildings are tipping. The negative and positive spaces shift and as we look, the video of their collapse reruns through our minds: Drysdale’s photograph of simple straight patterns becomes a collective emotion for people around the world. He has captured one of the giants, real and fictional, that have fallen throughout human history.

 

About Thomas Drysdale

Thomas Drysdale is an associate professor of Photography and Imaging at the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at NYU.  His work has been published in Art News, American Photographer, Photographies and L’Architecture: Sujet ou Pretext?  His photographs have been exhibited at Museum of the City of New York; Witkin Gallery, New York; Exposure Gallery, New York; Soho Photo Gallery, New York; O.K. Harris Gallery, New York; Mednick Gallery, Philadephia; Studio 666 Paris; Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; Musee des Beaux Arts, Agen, France, and many other galleries around the world.

 

Dimensions:  

16 x 20

Medium:  

Signed, black and white print

Creation Date:  

1976

Signed

 

Own an Amazing Photo and Support an Amazing Cause!

We are excited to announce the launch of the Josephine Herrick Project Professional Photographers Online Gallery.  Our gallery was launched with 12 amazing photographs generously donated by 12 amazing professional photographers who are supporters of the Josephine Herrick Project’s mission which is “to provide 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.”

This is a great opportunity to own an amazing  photograph and help support our programs!

 

Please visit the Online Gallery at:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Program Spotlight- Oasis at Pace University

All photos by Oasis Students

This summer JHP partnered with its neighbor, Pace University. Students in the Oasis program, a model college program for students on the autism spectrum, were introduced to the Canon Rebel by JHP photographers, Nousha Salimi and Vik Gupta.

The students are quick learners and really enjoyed both the artistic and technical aspects of photography.

During class they explored areas of Brooklyn and the Financial District.

As a final project, each student designed a book on Blurb.com with selections of their favorite photographs.

 

#Throwback Thursday – Josephine Herrick Taking a Portrait @ St. Albans in 1945

 

By Jackie Augustine – September 4, 2014

A wonderful photo from our archives of our founder Josephine Herrick.  This photo is of Josephine Herrick, Director of AWVS, Association of War Service Photography, taking a portrait snapshot of a patient at St. Albans Naval Hospital.  Photo by H. Johnston, AWVS War Service. Although this photo was taken almost 70 years ago, the Josephine Herrick Project continues the mission of service and photography to help veterans and other underserved populations.

Own Elizabeth Opalenik’s “Angel’s Trumpet” visit the JHP Professional Photographers Gallery Today!

 

 

Photo by Elizabeth Opalenik

 

“Angel’s Trumpet”

 

By Jackie Augustine  – September 03, 2014

 

 “All good photographs are self portraits that lie somewhere between imagination and dreams” by Elizabeth Opalenik

I love this stunning photograph by Elizabeth Opalenik.  The rich textures of the dramatic golden fluted trumpet flowers and the lighting of the blue vase gives the photo a special sense of calmness. This is an archival digital color print that Elizabeth creates using digital and traditional technology.  A perfect addition to your home, office, art collection or an amazing gift for a special friend or family member.

 

About Elizabeth Opalenik

Elizabeth Opalenik is a photographic artist who believes that all good photographs are self portraits that lie somewhere between imagination and dreams.  From her earliest days doing advertising and editorial assignments, Elizabeth has been hired for the sense of poetic grace and movement she brings to her images.  Today her voice is primarily as a fine art photographer and sought after educator for the sense of woner and possibility she creates in her sturdents.

Elizabeth privately conducts photography workshops internationally and in partnership with the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, the Maine Media Workshops, the British Guild of Portrait Photographers, National Geographic Expeditions, The Rencontres d’Arles,  and others.  With coaching through the F. Holland Day Center for Creativity and Healing, Elizabeth used photography to facilitate the healing process for women with cancer by finding their inner beauty and strength. For the past 20 years she has returned to Provence and Tuscany conducting workshops on the figure, travel and alternative processes.

Elizabeth’s heart is in her Oakland California darkroom working with Mordançage images and hand painting, but she bridges technology, mixing digital and traditional when appropriate to utilize all the creative possibilities. She uses images as stepping stones that trace where the mind has been, believing they reflect the unique vision that each of us carries through life.

Portfolios and interviews of her work have been featured in such magazines as Zoom, Camera Arts, Black and White Magazine, Silvershotz, Photo District News, Collectors Photography and Progresso Fotografico among others.  Commercial clients include Life Magazine, Gossard Lingerie, Coty Perfume,  Michael Good Design, Sea Air Holidays and ongoing campaigns for The Ladies Professional Golf Association and Nancy Lopez Golf.

 

Dimensions:  11 x 14 

Date: 2010

Medium:  Archival digital color print

Value: $750

 

Own an Amazing Photo and Support an Amazing Cause!

We are excited to announce the launch of the Josephine Herrick Project Professional Photographers Online Gallery.  Our gallery was launched with 12 amazing photographs generously donated by 12 amazing professional photographers who are supporters of the Josephine Herrick Project’s mission which is “to provide 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.”

This is a great opportunity to own an amazing  photograph and help support our programs!

 

Please visit the Online Gallery at:

 

 

 

 

I HAVE A VOICE, a new JHP program at International High School

By Maureen McNeil - August 28, 2014

I HAVE A VOICE is a new Josephine Herrick Project 8-week photography program starting in October at the International High School in partnership with the Cartwheel Initiative and Children’s Museum of the Arts. Nousha Salimi will teach the class along with a Parsons intern, Julia Himmel. Students will also write stories, compose music and use their photographs to create a stop film animation with Ashok SInha, Deborah Feingold and the staff at the Children’s Museum.  Click on the link to see a film the I.H.S. students created last spring. http://youtu.be/HbRpApNf4UA.  Also, you can “meet” our participants in this short video:http://youtu.be/HSiYEHF9t8E.

 
The Josephine Herrick Project began partnering with the International High School in 2013 in an afterschool photo club. Students at I.H.S. are English Language Learners from all over the world who are new to NYC in the last two years. Photography is a perfect tool to help them tell their stories and to explore the city.

 

 

 

 

 

Josephine Herrick Project @ Hofstra Morning Wake Up Call

Listen to a great radio interview about our Veteran Photography Programs.

Camille Tokerud, professional photographer and JHP Volunteer Photographer was interviewed by Eric Dehm, host and producer of the Morning Wake-Up Call on WRHU-FM, Hemstead, NY about JHP’s Veteran programs.  It’s a great segment that shows how “the power of photography” has made a d.ifference in the lives of the Brooklyn VA Hospital Veterans

Here’s the link to the Morning Wake-Up Call on WRHU-FM, Hemstead, NY Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-iXBkz6vUk

 

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