It was heartbraking to hear the news that Anja Niedringhuas was killed in Afghanistan last week. A brave photojournalist, and the only female, working with a team of photographers, was killed in the attack. At the Josephine Herrick Project, we cherish the photographs that these brave photographers have taken and shared with us over the years. We use photography as a form of therapy, to help solders and other underserved populations, to express their feelings. But it is hard to hear that a photojournalist who is there to spread the news through documenting it with photography was lost to us. We express our heartfelt sympathy to her family, friends and collegues.
Article from the Washington Post 4/04/2014
(Bernard Tripin/Josephine Herrick Project/Soho Photo Gallery)Chris Burns receiving a photography award from Josephine Herrick Project, with Mrs. John G. Rolph, at Bronx VA Hospital, 1955 .
By Chelsea Matiash – www.wsj.com
Previously unpublished work from the Josephine Herrick Project will be featured at Soho Photo Gallery April 2 to May 3 in New York. The project experimented with photography as a type of art therapy, used as a healing aid to wounded World War II veterans, both physically and psychologically.
“From their hospital beds, young men were given hope, inspiration and photographic skills,” the gallery said of the project. The Josephine Herrick Project is still active more than 70 years after its inception, and “continues to reach communities in-need with free programs combining photography and service.”
Below, a preview of the never-before-seen photographs, taken by Josephine Herrick, the photographers she trained, and wounded veterans during World War II.
By Ruiyao Shen
Most people in New York are chasing dreams. I am one of them. But the difference between me and the other people is that I am came for my dream and also some other reasons.
I am a Chinese girl from a coastal city name Shenzhen located in Guangdong, China. It used to be just a fishing village, and nobody would ever want to move there. Fortunately, Xiaoping Deng saw the future of Shenzhen, and developed the village. Now Shenzhen is one of the biggest city of immigrants in China. just like New York in the United States!
Shenzhen is gettingto be an international destination. One of the main reasons is that Shenzhen is near Hong Kong. People travel between Shenzhen and Hong Kong a lot. Because of that, most Shenzhen citizens can speak Mandarin and Cantonese. I can speak both, too.
As I just said, Shenzhen and New York are similar, because both of them are big immigrant cities. So I don’t exclude New York, because New York has people from all over the world. But New York has more modernization and urbanization. Which means, there are more modern buildings, and people. They call this kind of people New Yorkers. Even when you are walking on the streets, you can see who is a New Yorker, and who is not. New Yorkers are very confident, and they are walking with a purpose. When they are walking on the street, they are only looking forward and looking for their gold and and their dreams.
When I just arrived in New York, I didn’t have much time to walk around New York instead to find a school. At first, I want to go to a regular high school as I saw on ”Glee”. But it was not easy to find a high school that was suitable for me. My parents and I went to a place that you have to go to register to go to high school at New York. There was a woman from Taiwan, and she spoke in Chinese and told us that it is not easy to find a really good high school for us, because of my report card from China is not outstanding enough. Then she recommended us to a new high school name the International High School at Union Square. This is the school where I am going to now.
Just like the name, International High School. All the students here are immigrants. Most students are Spanish speakers, the second biggest language is Chinese, and then African, Bengali and very small number of Europeans. The first impression that my school gave me was horrible, because it is not what I thought a high school should looks like. In addition, in the classes, even the teachers separate the students into groups by different languages spoken, but they wouldn’t talk to you. I considered transfering to other school thousand times. Not because of the teachers and students, but I need an English environment to improve my English. Moreover, my first year in New York was not too easy.
Living in a new environment is not as easy as I imagined. First of all is my language. Second is that I don’t know anything about this place at all. Third, I don’t have any friend here. The first school year, I went to school every day, stayed with Chinese students every day, went home after school and took a nap every single day. I felt like I was wasting my times. Finally, I got some fun in my junior year. I started to talk to my friend from the Dominican Republic, and I realized that it is a lot of fun in this school, but I didn’t even try to find it! I started to stay with my friends who don’t speak Chinese to practice my English, and I feel very comfortable speaking English with my friends, because they know my situation and I know them. So we learn from each other and no one is going to laugh at you.
Actually I am a negative person. I always say “it is too late.” But there always has been someone to tell me “it is always not too late.” I am appreciative to the people who say this sentence to me. They let me know that it is always not late to explore your life and to do what you want to do.
Now I have a really beautiful life in New York. I have my friends. I am getting to know more about this city. I am getting better. I love what New York gave me. New York brought me to see another world, gave me a lot of valuable experiences. Maybe this is one of the reason why all the people came to New York, to find another yourself.
About Ruiyao Shen
Ruiyao is a student at International high School in NYC. She is an intern at the Josephine Herrick Project. She recently completed her first Blurb book for JHP entitled, “WWII: The Art of Healing Through Photography”.
Josephine Herrick Project
U.S. Veterans: The Healing Art of Photography 1943-1955
Opening Reception: April 1, 2014. 6-8 pm
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Panel Discussion, April 24, 6pm at the SoHoPhoto Gallery
A panel discussion on photography as a proven therapeutic approach to healing, fro WWII to today. Panelists will include a member of Rusk Institute’s Rehabilitation Division, a prominent war photographer, and an art therspist. Moderated by Miriam Leuchter, Editor-in-Chief, Popular Photography and American Photo.
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The gallery, which launches ahead of Women’s History Month and LeanIn.org’s first anniversary, both in March, includes positive images of women, families and even men.
“The stock imagery around women is embarrassing,” said Jessica Bennett, contributing editor at LeanIn.org, the organization cofounded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. “You can’t be what you can’t see, so if women and girls are not seeing images of powerful women and girls who are leaders, then they may not aspire to become that.”
Stock photos of women are not only important to how women are perceived in society, but they’re also widely used.
“Woman” is the most commonly searched term on Getty, and “business” is second on the list, said Pam Grossman, director of visual trends at Getty. “Family” is also in the top 10 searches, she added.
A New York Magazine article from November compiled a slideshow of some of the most common depictions of women in stock photos, including women wearing boxing gloves, women with power tools and women stepping on top of men — literally.
Despite the images in the New York article, Grossman said that the perception of women has slowly shifted in the right direction over the past few years. For example, the top selling Getty image of a female in 2007 was a naked woman lying in bed covered only by a sheet. Today, the top downloaded image depicts a woman riding a train, looking ahead. “She really feels like the protagonist of her own story,” Grossman said.
Photographer Needed Posting:
RevealNYC is a non-profit organization that works with 5 prominent New York City shelters to provide services that foster uplifting experiences for women healing from domestic violence. Services include our annual Valentine’s Day makeover event and monthly health/fitness/career workshops. For more information visit: www.Revealnyc.org
On Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, Reveal is hosting the annual Valentine’s Day Makeover Event in which 75 recovering women will receive individual consultations with top industry professionals in skin care, makeup, hair, fashion/wardrobe, and nails in a effort to restore self-confidence, dignity and beauty. (see videos from the 2013 and 2012 makeover events, http://vimeo.com/62099937 and http://vimeo.com/42852632
We are looking for a second “glamour shot” photographer to volunteer for the day to take a beauty shots of approximately 35 women after they have finished their makeover.
For more information, email Trevor Richardson at: firstname.lastname@example.org
By Sara Sweetwood
The art of photography is not something one may normally equate to a blind person. To most, vision is vital to composing a photograph. Blind photographers, however, have been learning to photograph their surroundings using senses other than sight.
In 2003 JHP, then called Rehabilitation through Photography, began to work with Visions at Selis Manor to provide equipment to their popular photography program, taught by Mark Andres. Visions provides free social services, volunteer services and therapeutic recreation programs to adults in the Greater New York area who are blind or visually impaired.
Victorine Fludd, a JHP alumna, lost her sight in her teens due to diabetes. Of her inability to see her own photographs, she said, “Even though I can’t see the pictures, I enjoy that someone enjoys it.” Victorine does not use autofocus, she instead uses sound, and asks her subjects to speak to her so she can place their distance in her mind and compose her photograph. Victorine, along with Mark Andres, who taught Victorine at Lighthouse for the Blind before he began his work at Visions, have gone on to join the Seeing With Photography Collective. The SWPC is a group of photographers from New York City. The members range from totally blind to partially blind to sighted, however they all share an awareness of sight loss.
Photographers in Mark Andres’ classes work with assistants to create their desired background or scene. Then, using a timed exposure in a completely dark room, the photographers use a flashlight to paint their image, lighting up the subject. Because many of the program’s blind photographers lost their vision later in life, the students often stage their photos in class based on memories from their past. One such example is the photo below, which is a recreation by Victorine Fludd of a clear night in Antigua from when she was young.
Of their methods, Douglas McCulloh, who is the curator for the blind photography show “Sight Unseen,” said, “The whole trajectory of modern art for the last 100 years has been toward the concept of mental construction, and blind photography comes from that place. They’re creating that image in their head first — really elaborate, fully realized visions — and then bringing some version of that vision into the world for the rest of us to see.”
This upcoming year, JHP is excited to once again to offer programs for blind photographers. This spring, we plan to partner with the New York State Commission for the Blind and instructor Mark Andres to create a program for young transitioning teens. These young adults have spent their lives in schools meant for the visually impaired, and are now gearing up to integrate into schools and programs not specifically for the blind. JHP hopes to help ease their transition and offer a medium to them through which they can express themselves visually for others to see.
To learn more about SWPC, visit www.seeingwithphotography.com
To learn more about the programs JHP offers, visit jhproject.org/programs
By Skip Cohen – Janaury 20, 2014 - Skip Cohen University