Young deaf man communicates through photography

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  • Adam Richard of Acushnet displays some of his photographs. Richard, 22, who is deaf, has found a special creative outlet in photography.

By Jackie Augustine – November 24, 2014
When I read this article over the weekend, I was delighted to hear of Adam’s creative outlet in photography.  At the Josephine Herrick Project we have been using the creative power of photography since 1941 to help individuals to learn the communicative power of photography. Through partnerships with local organizations, JHProject’s completely free programs inspire children, teens, adults and seniors with the visual language of photography, enhancing their abilities to transform communities through artistic vision. We have worked with a variety of organizations to share the amazing power of photography as a communications tool.  One of the programs we had recently was with the Lighthouse for the Blind helping to teach visually impaired individuals express themselves through photography.  I’m not sure if we have ever worked with the challenges of a deaf individual, but Adam Richards is proof that photography is an amazing outlet to express your creativity and to give a voice to a myriad of populations.  Kudos to Adam for what he has achieved. Please read his story below.

By Brian J. Lowney –  Contributing writer – SouthCoastToday.com –  Posted Nov. 21, 2014
ACUSHNET — A profoundly deaf young man has discovered the power of communication through a camera lens and looks to share his photography as he captures the history and beauty of the South Coast region.Adam Richard, a 22 year-old Acushnet resident and art student, spent many years living in an isolated world, like many individuals with disabilities. His only contacts were his parents Sharon Hollis and Steven Richard, several teachers and a small circle of deaf friends, he said. On the long daily commute to Providence, where he attended the Rhode Island School for the Deaf, he used his cell phone to take pictures of passing landmarks and sights that captured his interest. “I decided to try photography and then I felt I really liked it,” he signs to his mother Sharon Hollis, an employee of the Middleboro-based READS Collaborative, which provides services to students with special challenges. “I saw my mother’s photos and felt that her pictures expressed a lot feeling,” he continues, adding that he soon began photographing old buildings, fishing boats and nature. As his interest in photography grew, Richard said he tried to emulate various photographers whose work he saw in magazines.“I also took a lot of pictures of my pets,” he adds, noting that his favorite subjects included his family’s two Shetland sheepdogs, now deceased — a female named Max and her male counterpart Milo. Both dogs were deaf and intuitively formed a special bond with their young owner, a relationship that continues to bring a warm smile to his face. “Max was one of the first words he read when he started to read closed caption,” Hollis recalls.The enthusiastic photographer has particularly enjoyed photographing his three delightful cats, females Roy and Lola and a tomcat named Yo-Yo.“ I gave them names I could voice,” he says. “The cats are easy to photograph. They just lie around in the sun.” Now that he has a high-powered Nikon digital camera, Richard likes to jump in his car and drive along country roads scouring for interesting subjects to photograph.
Read more: http://www.southcoasttoday.com/article/20141121/News/141129857

JHP Photo Plus Grand Prize Winner of the Canon Powershot GX1 Digital Camera Announced

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canon Powershot GX1 Digital Camera

By Jackie Augustine – November 19, 2014

Last month’s Photo Plus Show was a great success.  We had the opportunity to meet with many old friends and supporters to update them on the amazing year we’ve had at the Josephine Herrick Project.  We also go to meet hundreds of people who haven’t heard about our organization and the wonderful work we do creating FREE programs to help our students learn to communicate through the “power of photography.” Our grand prize winner hadn’t heard about JHP before but stopped by our booth at the Photo Plus Show.  He was impressed by what he saw and donated by buying a raffle ticket.

Our Grand Prize Winner of the Canon Powershot GX1 Digital Camera is Paul Cheung of North Bergen, NJ.  After receiving the news, Paul was very pleased and wrote us a wonderful letter that I would like to share:

My name is Paul Cheung, a retired marine biologist and fish pathologist at the New York Aquarium, the Wildife Conservation Society.  Upon retirment, I picked up photography and had been taking classes at the Senior Center of the University of Seattlement, Allen Street, in New York,

I enjoy beautiful images taken with a camera at different angles and lighting.  I came to appreciate artistic photos very much.

The donation I made (to JHP) was very small but I saw the good works that your Project had done, i.e., the young man’s photo album.  Your work helps the young people discover themselves through the eyes of the camera.  Congratlations for the job well done.”

Sincerely,  Paul Cheung

The Josephine Herrick Project is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit that enlists photographic community volunteers to educate students who have not had the opportunity to learn the communicative power of photography. Our volunteer photographers teach Veterans, children, teens, adults and seniors.  We create FREE programs to help our students learn to communicate through the “power of photography.”

 

 

 

 

New JHP Veterans Program at St. Francis College Announced

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Veterans Day, Maureen McNeil, Executive Director of Josephine Herrick Project announced the start of a free photography program for veterans at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights. Veteran Sheridan Dean commented on his experience in JHP photography programs at the Brooklyn VA. and how he has now become an assistant photography teacher at Genesis program for Services for the Under Served.

JHP Celebrates Veterans Teaching Veterans

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Jackie Augustine – November 11, 2014 – Veterans Day

At Josephine Herrick Project we have a strong passion for helping Veterans.  Our organization was founded over 70 years ago by Josephine Herrick helping returning Veterans from World War II.  Josephine realized that the “power of photography” could help returning veterans rehabilitate and give them a voice. We continue Josephine’s mission by providing “free” photography programs to Veterans and other underserved popoulations.  As we celebrate Veterans Day today, we thank all of you who have served to help make our country safe and free!

Today we have Veterans Photography Programs in New York City, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten Island and last month started our first New Jersey Veterans program at Unique Photo In Fairfield, NJ using Canon EOS Rebel cameras.  I am delighted to be an Assistant Teacher at this program and have been loving every minute of the experience.  Here are a few portraits of some of our veterans taken by others veterans in the class.

 

 

 

Franklin

Henry

 

 

 

 

John

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special thanks to our great photography instuctors and veterans: Harmon Kaplan, Michael Downey and Rick Gerrity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#Throwback Thursday 1950’s Bronx Veteran’s Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Jackie Augustine – November 6, 2014

1st Prize Winner Linton B. Salmon for his photograph At Prayer in the Bronx VA Program.

1st Grand Prize Winning Print in 1950 VSP Contest by Linton B. Salmon while a patient at Bronx VA Hospital. Salmon went on to become a medical photographer after his discharge from the hospital.

Josephine Herrick Project was originally known as Volunteer Service Photographers and then Rehabilitation Through Photography. Our organization started in 1941 by helping Veterans communicate through the visual language of photography.

Sneak Peek into JHP LIVE AUCTION items on Nov 6th!

  “Noire et Blanche” by Man Ray

 “Seeing Montana” by Robert Farber

” Coco Chanel – Paris 1962″  by Douglas Kirkland

LIVE AUCTION EXPERIENCE: Drinks with best-selling author Sebastian Junger at his popular Chelsea bar The Half King.

JHP Modern Masters of Photography Auction

This year’s event will feature a photography auction of more than 35 prints donated by well-known photographers including Man Ray, Douglas Kirkland, Robert Farber and more.

Proceeds from the Benefit Party and Photography Auction will support Josephine Herrick Project programs. The upcoming Benefit Party and Auction is another excellent opportunity for the community to support arts education for veterans, youth impacted by poverty and all communities in the tri-state area. To purchase tickets, please follow this link: www.jhproject.org/benefit. 

 

About the Josephine Herrick Project

Josephine Herrick Project has been “Enhancing Lives through Photography” since 1941 and 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, the Bronx and recently launched in New Jersey.

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.

 

 

 

 

Amanda Means featured in JHP Modern Masters of Photography Auction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TwinLeaf By Amanda Means

 Retail Value: $2400

Minimum Bid: $1200

Dimensions: image size 22 x 18” paper size 24 x 20”

Year: 2013

Edition: 2/20

Description:  Gelatin Silver Print made by hand in a traditional black and white darkroom. I grew up on a farm close to nature. Everyday I observed the changing seasons and weather, the shifting light on the fields and in the woods. After moving to the manmade setting of New York City, I deeply missed being surrounded by the natural world. As a result, I began photographing vegetation- Leaves and flowers. This obsession has stayed with me for the last forty years.

I do not used a camera to photograph these forms. The images are made by the plant form being placed in the head of an enlarger, on a piece of glass. Light passes through both the vegetation and the lens to the surface below. The light in these photographs seems to emanate from deep inside the image, in much the same way as light comes from within the accumulations of paint in a painting.

Twinleaf, known scientifically as Jeffersonia Diphylla, is an uncommon spring wildflower which grows in the rich deciduous woods of eastern North America. I found this twinleaf in the woods surrounding Beacon, NY. I pressed and dried the leaf and then printed it by hand on gelatin silver paper in my traditional black and white darkroom using several chemical baths in large trays.

Bio: Means has had an extensive career of teaching and exhibiting. Her work is in the following selected collections: Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; MIT List Visual Arts Center, MIT, Boston, MA; Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Avon Collection of Women Photographers, NYC.

JHP Modern Masters of Photography Auction

This year’s event will feature a photography auction of more than 35 prints donated by well-known photographers including Man Ray, Douglas Kirkland, Robert Farber and more.

Proceeds from the Benefit Party and Photography Auction will support Josephine Herrick Project programs. The upcoming Benefit Party and Auction is another excellent opportunity for the community to support arts education for veterans, youth impacted by poverty and all communities in the tri-state area. To purchase tickets, please follow this link: www.jhproject.org/benefit. 

VISIT OUR GALLERY TO SEE MORE IMAGES FOR THE AUCTION

http://jhproject.org/gallery/jhp-modern-masters-of-photography-auction/

 

About the Josephine Herrick Project

Josephine Herrick Project has been “Enhancing Lives through Photography” since 1941 and 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, the Bronx and recently launched in New Jersey.

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.

 

 

Noire et Blanche by Man Ray featured in JHP Modern Masters of Photography Auction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Noire et Blanche by Man Ray

Retail Value: $4000

Minimum Bid: $1800

Dimensions: 16 x20

Year: 1926/ printed by trust 2014

Edition: n/a printed by trust

Description: Man Ray originally made this photograph for French Vogue. Upon first glance at the photograph as published in the May 1st, 1926 issue it appears to be entirely gratuitous. The photograph is alone on the page with the title, ‘Visage de nacre et masque de ébène’ (mother of pearl face and ebony mask) and only a brief poetic text about the evolution of the species being led by women. It is not an article about make up or hair styles, nor is it about African art or the photography of Man Ray. But that is precisely the point. Man Ray was a fashionable photographer. The magazine had already prepared their readers by publishing an article about him and his photograms. The model, Man Ray’s lover Kiki, with her pearly white complexion and oval face literally embodied the height of current style. Vogue and other fashion magazines of the time were full of illustrations of the long oval face, even women’s clothing store mannequins, as witnessed in some of Eugène Atgets photographs, had the elongated face, not that different from the stylized faces in Modigliani’s canvases. To mimic the shape and contrast its color, Man Ray used the West African Baoule mask. African sculpture was popular and inspirational to artists since at least the beginning of the century. By the mid-20s, interest in African art and culture had reached a broader public. This fascination reached a peak with the opening of the Exposition Coloniale de Paris in 1931 where most of the Bois de Vincennes was filled with pavilions devoted to the various colonies. Man Ray was confronted with the problem of juxtaposing the two faces. He tried at least two other versions which are less successful. More of Kiki’s body is visible in both variants thus distracting from the essential form of the two heads. By placing Kiki’s head prone on the table top it recalls some of the sculptural heads by Brancusi resting on a pedestal. Brancusi was a friend of Man Ray and even studied photography with him for a while.

JHP Modern Masters of Photography Auction

This year’s event will feature a photography auction of more than 35 prints donated by well-known photographers including Man Ray, Douglas Kirkland, Robert Farber and more.

Proceeds from the Benefit Party and Photography Auction will support Josephine Herrick Project programs. The upcoming Benefit Party and Auction is another excellent opportunity for the community to support arts education for veterans, youth impacted by poverty and all communities in the tri-state area. To purchase tickets, please follow this link: www.jhproject.org/benefit. 

VISIT OUR GALLERY TO SEE MORE IMAGES FOR THE AUCTION

http://jhproject.org/gallery/jhp-modern-masters-of-photography-auction/

 

About the Josephine Herrick Project

Josephine Herrick Project has been “Enhancing Lives through Photography” since 1941 and 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, the Bronx and recently launched in New Jersey.

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.

 

 

Bid on an Up Close Experience with Sebastian Junger at the JHP Modern Masters of Photography Auction

 Tim Hetherington/Outpost Films/ZUMApress.com  – Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington at Outpost Restrepo in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley

BID ON THIS GREAT EXPERIENCE:

“DRINKS WITH SEBASTIAN” at his bar Half King

LIVE AUCTION EXPERIENCE: Drinks with best-selling author Sebastian Junger at his popular Chelsea bar The Half King.

Bring your best friend, have drinks at this arts community hot spot, get a signed copy of his book, and chat with this famous artist and humanitarian.

Sebastian Junger, an American journalist and director, is most famous for the best-selling book The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea (1997), his award-winning and Oscar nominated film chronicle of the war in Afghanistan in the documentary films Restrepo (2010), Korengal (2014), and his book War (2010). His new film “The Last Patrol”, about return home after war from both a military and journalistic perspective, is airing on HBO on November 10th

Tickets to our gala can be purchased here… http://www.jhproject.org/benefit.

Here’s a link to a recent article from Rolling Stone magazine on Sebastian:

Life During Wartime: Sebastian Junger on ‘Korengal’

The documentary filmmaker revisits the world of his Oscar-nominated movie ‘Restrepo’ for a look at the soldiers’ P.O.V.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/life-during-wartime-sebastian-junger-on-korengal-20140602#ixzz3HZMpb7gs
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