A picture says a thousand words. But Sheryl Sandberg and Getty Images didn’t like what those pictures were saying about women.Getty and Lean In will announce a partnership on Monday intended to change the perception of women in stock images used around the world. The two organizations have teamed up to create a new stock photo gallery called the “Lean In Collection,” which has 2,500 images that offer more positive and powerful perceptions of women.
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.
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: email@example.com
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
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” * Winston Churchill
By Skip Cohen – Janaury 20, 2014 - Skip Cohen University
It’s winter time and for most of you this is the slow season for professional photography. It’s also the slow season for support to a lot of charities, making it the perfect time to step up and get involved. There’s nothing better to build your brand awareness than community involvement.This is so easy and it costs you nothing but time. I know “time” is one of those elements we never have enough of, but that simply means you have to use it wisely. Every non-profit association and project needs help and there’s so much you can bring to the party as a photographer/artist.Some of the points I’ve made about marketing and expanding your reach into the community have been said over and over again, but so many of you still aren’t making the change. Think about how you feel as a consumer yourself? You like supporting companies you perceive as giving something back to the community. Get involved with a local fund-raiser. Whether it involves your camera or not doesn’t matter. You need to be involved and your community needs to know you’re out there and not just another retailer or service provider.
Look for local events all year long, not just at holiday time. For example, what’s coming up in your community that’s a fund-raising event? Keep in touch with the Chamber of Commerce, the various service organizations and the schools.
Get to know the president of the PTA for any of the schools. How about portraits instead of a bake sale to raise money this year? What events are they sponsoring that might need to be documented?
Every high school football team, band, yearbook and chorus are looking for new ways to raise money – you’ve got the gear and the know-how – so how about working with them to create a new idea for fund-raising beyond hot dog sales at Friday night games?
Visit your local Chamber of Commerce and find out what’s going on in the community. In the fall there’s always a United Way Campaign, but what events take place during the winter months? Using your camera to create new ways to raise funds is a great way to show you’re involved.Sometimes it’s not about raising money directly at all, but using your skill set as a photojournalist, documenting various events in the community and then providing the management of those events and the local paper and websites with your images. Remember, nobody can do it better than you!
“I see a lot more than I would just looking at something.”
This statement from a veteran-student of the JHP, Mr. Anthony Soto, simplifies yet embodies the mission of the Josephine Herrick Project. I spent a week with the JHP in order to see how beneficial some time behind, or in front of, a camera can be for veterans. I was given a glimpse into the world of Josephine Herrick and veterans that revealed the origins and future of the JHP. This experience working with a variety of images and visiting the St. Albans VA gave me, a weeklong volunteer/intern/student, an opportunity to be involved with a deep and intriguing organization that is close to my heart.
The beginning of my project and week included sorting through hundreds of photographs from the 1940s, the early days of the JHP. These depicted the veterans from World War II being taught photography at the St. Albans VA by the women of the V.S.P. (Volunteer Service Photographers), a.k.a. Josephine Herrick and her friends. Darkrooms designed to be portable are featured heavily in these photographs; the men too injured to venture around the hospital were thus able to have the same artful experience. As the years progress, the photographs change from ones documenting the soldiers’ lessons with the women teachers to their own art. Their models at first were each other, so that the end products could be sent to the veterans’ loved ones. My favorite images, however, are the ones where a pinup model would visit the hospital.
Photographs from the St. Albans VA were the most common that I came across, as it was the first hospital to accept the VSP in 1942. These men with a variety of health concerns proved that beyond the veteran or disabled or any other label, there was also a creative side. Contests began in the early 1950s for these individuals, where any one of their photographs could be submitted for the annual prize. One soldier was given first place for an image of a Korean orphan during the Korean War. He stands on crutches with Josephine Herrick herself in a photograph depicting his win and his artistic contribution. Others look to nature or loved ones, a theme still present in the JHP veteran’s programs.
One such program was brought back to St. Albans last spring by the JHP. These men are not the young veterans we see on the news from Iraq and Afghanistan, but the ones from Vietnam and still even WWII. Given wheelchairs for mobility and cameras as an eye, these men were able to capture their lives at the St. Albans VA similarly to those from the 1940s. Images of hawks outside of windows, or the hands of a fellow vet holding one of the newer Canon digital SLR models show a simple but apt eye for the photography world. These men no longer need portable darkrooms; instead a printer is brought after the annual Holiday Party, and family members are able to immediately take away that prized image of a loved one.
Photo: Maureen McNeil, Executive Director and Katie Despeaux
These opportunities bring a newfound curiosity to these men. This whole project “gives them something they can think about,” as fellow vet Mr. Soto told Maureen and me during our St. Albans’ visit. The drive to learn something new and do something better gives the veterans a hobby in the hospital, particularly in the summer months. But just the simple printing out of a photograph brings joy to these individuals, as Mr. Soto emulated: “And the photographs, like, wow, I did that?” With a push to continue and expand the program at St. Albans with exhibits and a certificate program, it was easy to see that even 72 years later Josephine Herrick’s influence still reigned strongly.
These humble origins as a community service provider, however, set the foundations for the growing influence the JHP would have on the New York City community. Under the name of V.S.P., these women extended their reaches to the other VAs in NYC and eventually to rehabilitation clinics, children hospitals, Autistic children, and blind individuals. During my week at the office, it was clear that there’s a desire to further these programs to a variety of different groups. While still maintaining the existing programs, one goal is to extend the camera’s reach to female populations, including veterans. The camera is an easy way to engage a group of people who may feel left out or misunderstood, which the JHP understands inherently.
JHP student, intern, photo book creator, Akeem Bonaparte
I was able to firsthand see these influences from my meeting at St. Albans and an interview with current JHP star, Akeem Bonaparte, who published his own JHP project in a book this past year. The importance of this project extends beyond providing an interesting skill or hobby to individuals, but to giving a sense of hope, purpose, or belongingness. One week provided a glimpse into this blossoming world and yet it’s something that will stay with me and inspire me to continue working with veterans, just as Josephine Herrick intended.
About the Author
Katie Despeaux is a senior at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. She found out about the JHProject while on the Humans of New York blog. She ia a Clinical Psychology (and French) major with an Art/Art History minor. She is passionate about the veteran population. Her future goals include studying clinical psychology on a doctorate level and to one day work at a VA hospital. Photography has also been one of her passions since I she was 14 years old. Katie spent a week with us at JHP as a volunteer intern immersing herself in our archives, visiting veterans in our current programs and learning how the “power of photography” makes and amazing difference to their lives.
In honor of Martin Luther King Day, President Barack Obama serves lunch in the dining room at So Others Might Eat, a soup kitchen in Washington January 18, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
By Wendy Spencer and Jonathan Greenblatt – January 17, 2014 – The White House Blog
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated his life to improving the world in which he lived—and challenged the rest of us to do the same. He not only championed the equal rights but also equal access to economic opportunity for all Americans. This year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service will honor his legacy as hundreds of thousands of Americans pay tribute by serving their communities on Monday, January 20.
We know there is a great deal we can do to help our cities and neighborhoods thrive, and as President Obama said last week, “the American people… are ready and willing to pitch in and help.” MLK Day exemplifies this spirit as individuals and families around the country come together on this day every year to strengthen their communities through service and volunteering. Through their deeds, they demonstrate that service can accelerate progress on our most pressing priorities.
We are delighted to announce that David M.M. Taffet’s amazing photograph, “Breathing Beauty” has been selected by our head judge, Robert Farber, as the grand prize winner in the Phoozl “Beauty” Photo Contest. Here are Robert’s comments about the winning photograph:
“The concept of beauty was captured perfectly with many of the images that were submitted. Some captured pure visual beauty that any viewer could appreciate. Others captured beauty that I could tell was mostly in the eyes of the creator.”
“So all in all, the submissions made it very difficult to choose only the top three and three honorable mentions, but it was job to do and the following are my selections. ”
Special thanks to Robert Farber for his support and for his generous donation of time to judge all the entries and select our grands prize winner, to Matt Sweetwood and Unique Photo for providing the generous grand prize, to Harald Johnson and the Phoozl team for partnering with us on this project and to all the photographers who supported JHP by entering the contest. Their entry fee of $25 was donated to JHP.
Grand Prize (1st Place Overall)
by David M.M. Taffet
Judge’s Comment: My first choice, which may surprise some viewers, is out of a pure, personal sensitivity to the interpretation of beauty, in this case with the feeling that was captured between the two people. Their expressions, the glistening in her eye, his hand tenderly reaching to her, the expression on his face… It all shows that there’s more to an image than just good technical execution. Gallery Photo Detail Page
2nd Place Overall
by Lesley Ackman
“Beauty of Flight”
Judge’s Comment: Now here’s a beautiful image that is captured beautifully, elegantly, technically, and with grace. The perfect composition of the flying bird with a highlight on the wings against the sky (and nice light on the eye) creates a gorgeous image. Gallery Photo Detail Page
3rd Place Overall
by Stefano M
Judge’s Comment: A lot to like here: I like the whimsical sensitivity, the composition of the off-center subject, her looking down, the wispy hair,
the lighting on the background, and the mood of the image overall. I feel this really captures beauty. Gallery Photo Detail Page
More winning images chosen by the judge in the Honorable Mention category…
(Judge Robert Farber adds: “There is such a fine line between the honorable mentions and the ones in first, second, and third place.”)
“Making the Best of It”
Judge’s Comment: There are a number of elements that give this image great strength. A hand tells a story so well and becomes a great portrait in itself. In this case a monkey holding onto the cage says even more than just the hand on its own. Gallery Photo Detail Page
by Jose R. Moreno
Judge’s Comment: There are a number of great qualities about this image: Its monochromatic tones, the composition of the trees with the one bent tree in the center and the graphics of the two trees along the right edge, and the one old or broken tree leaning toward the other on the right. Gallery Photo Detail Page
Judge’s Comment: I like the intensity of her eyes, the composition, the angle of her face and her hand delicately touching it. All this adds to the drama of the image. It creates a mystique. It’s not just a beauty shot … It tells a story. Gallery Photo Detail Page
PhoozL thanks all the photographers who participated in this photo contest, the final one of 2013. We hope you were challenged, had your creativity sparked, and learned more about photography along the way. And a huge thanks to our judge: ROBERT FARBER, and to additional Prize Sponsors: Unique Photo, APERTURE Magazine and Cengage Learning PTR. Feel free to comment on this contest (or others, or on any photo) wherever you see the Comment boxes at the bottom of pages.
- See more at: http://www.phoozl.com/phooznews/results-beauty/#sthash.qgeUavF5.dpuf
In my usual morning routine, I did a few blog posts and then went outside to pick up the paper and decided to brew a cup of tea and hunker down. I always take a few minutes to enjoy the comics too. Today’s Hi & Lois cartoon really hit home. Many of us are very lucky to have a nice home, a wonderful family, caring friends and a pretty great life. However, many people like the populations we serve at the Josephine Herrick Project aren’t as fortunate. So take some time, reflect on your year and consider how a donation large or small could make a major difference in the lives of military veterans, kids and adults with autism, at-risk youth, formerly homeless New Yorkers, and other people in need connect with the world and share their experiences in their own photos and writing.
Please consider a year end contribution to the Josephine Herrick Project. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit, your contributions are tax deductable. To contribute, go to our website and hit the donate button on the lower left side.
Your donation will make a world of difference to the many people we serve who could see the world differently through the “power of photography.”
Best wishes for a wonderful 2014 filled with joy and happiness for you and your loved ones!
A million thanks to all of you who made 2013 a fantastic year for JHP. Kudos to our students, their families, our partners at schools, hospitals and social service agencies, the photo industry, the 84 photographers who contributed to the success of our November 4th photo auction, our volunteer teaching photographers, and our board of directors! I am filled with joy about the generosity of our community.
It was also a year of growth for me, witnessing how the art of photography brings about social justice in our programs. Last February, curious to learn more about the magical work of our founder, Josephine Herrick, I flew to Buffalo to meet her nephew Skip Herrick and hear some of the family stories.
. The Herricks are well educated, hard working citizens and leaders in the fields of law and medicine in many states. No wonder Josephine accomplished so much! This fall I met with SVA art historian Bonnie Yohelson, a Clarence White expert. He was Josephine’s mentor in the 1920s who believed in women’s equality, working photographers like Josephine and Margaret Bourke-White. And with the help of sound expert Jeff Berman, we digitized some 1950s radio shows in our archives of both Josephine Herrick and Margaret Bourke-White pitching for this organization!!! Very cool. Stay tuned—we plan to share it with you!
Josephine continues to be an excellent role model for young people today. She showed by example that giving to others makes humans feel good. This is something we try to instill in our students. If you have not yet given to JHP, please press the donate button on our home page and become an active member of the JHP community. Give now before the end of the year!