In October, JHP began a new year-long program at The Marilyn David IVDU Upper School in Brooklyn, thanks to a grant from an anonymous foundation. Teaching photographers Paula Berg and Vik Gupta lead six emotionally challenged teens out to photograph on the streets of Brooklyn; to Dumbo to take in the view, and to the New Fulton transit station which has a spectacular oculus. The IVDU teachers and director of the school, Chavie Kahn, were thrilled to observe as the boys learned to express themselves visually and speak critically about their photographs. And the teens were surprised and delighted at the December exhibition by the quality of their images and what they were able to accomplish.
Josephine Herrick Project will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2016. One of our goals for the 75th is to “discover” our founder, Josephine Herrick, who continues to be a role model for today. Research began in earnest back in September with the help of librarian Philip Sutton at the 5th Avenue New York Public Library. A 1922 portrait of Josephine turned up in a passport application. Josephine was 25 years old, a graduate of Bryn Mawr, and about to begin her studies at the Clarence H. White School of Photography. In the meantime, she was off Europe with her parents, planning to visit more than fifteen countries. We have evidence from her exhibitions in New York and Cleveland that for Josephine, travel was an opportunity to explore her passion for photography.
Iron Eyes Cody was most known to the American public for his role as the man who played the Indian that sheds a single tear for a blighted American environment in “Keep America Beautiful” ads that ran from 1971 into the 1980s.
Iron Eyes Cody was born Espera or “Oscar” DeCorti, the son of two first-generation immigrants from Italy. In 1924 he moved to California, changed his name from “DeCorti” to “Corti” to Cody, and started working as an actor, presenting himself as a Native American. He married an Indian woman, Bertha Parker, and together they adopted two Indian sons, Robert and Arthur. Iron Eyes Cody lived and worked as an Indian for all his adult life; he labored for decades to promote Native American causes, and was honored by Hollywood’s Native American community in 1995 as a “non-Native” for his contribution to film. He was born on April 3, 1907 and passed away of natural causes on January 4, 1999,
About the photographer: Ron P. Jaffe
Ron. P. Jaffe is originally from Montgomery, Alabama. By 1974 he was teaching photography at the University level as professor of photography at Chapman College – World Campus Afloat, aboard ship traveling to South America, Africa and Europe. Prior to 1974 Jaffe was involved doing fashion publicity shots for fashion designers including Barco of California, Jag Swimwear, and DeWeiss, along with taking portraits of federal politicians and shooting commercial ads. He then got a job in glamour industry for two years and was published in high profile magazines: Club, Gallery, Penthouse, etc. Jaffe entered into a long term contract with a company known as Elson Alexandre in Los Angeles in 1977 – shot Corporate Executives, Doctors, Attorneys, Judges and family portraits for 20 years shooting more than 37,000 portraits casual and formal. http://ronjaffe.com/bio/
Man Ray’s- Hattie Carnegie wearing a Vionnet Dress
Man Ray’s Glass Tears (variant)
Today we launch our online photo auction, the JHP Paddle8 Auction.
By Jackie Augustine – December 2, 2014I
f you missed our JHP Masters of Modern Photography on November 6th, you will be delighted to learn that we have created a partnership with Paddle8. Paddle8 curates auctions of art and design and partners with non-profits on benefit auctions, offering collectors the chance to bid on carefully sourced works.
This is a great opportunity to own some amazing photographs from photography legends and support the Josephine Herrick Project.
Two Man Ray photographs will be included in the JHP Paddle8 Auction. Here’s some information from the Man Ray Trust and some background about the subkject of these two photograph, Hattie Carnegie.
“Legendary Photography, painter, and maker of objects and films, Man Ray was on the most versatile and inventive artists of this century. Born in Philadelphia in 1890, he knew the worlds of Greenwich Village in the avant garde era following the 1913 Armory show; Paris in the 1920’s and 1930’s, where he played a key role in the Dada and Surrealist movements; The Hollywood of the 1940s, where he joined others chased by war from their homes in Europe; and finally, Paris again until his death in 1976. “- from Man Ray Trust
About Hattie Carnegie
Fashion Entrepreneur/Dress Designer. In 1900, she immigrated to the United States, and settled with her family in New York City. There is a famous story that while on the ship to America, Hattie asked a fellow voyager about who the richest and most prosperous people in America were. The answer was, “Andrew Carnegie” and according to the story, young Hattie decided to change her name to Carnegie. Eventually the rest of her family dropped Kanengeiser and adopted the Carnegie name, a practice that was common among immigrants. She worked at various millinery establishments, and at Macy’s. But in 1909 she, along with friend Rose Roth, opened her own business, a tiny hat shop. It was called “Carnegie – Ladies’ Hatter.” As the business grew, Hattie and Rose were able to hire workers who made the designs that Hattie developed. At this time, all fashion came from Paris, and so Hattie studied the Parisian styles, choosing only the best, and adapting them for her customers. And while she could neither sketch nor sew, Hattie was ve ry good at communicating to her workers exactly what she wanted them to do. Her shop, at its peak, carried her own ‘Hattie Carnegie Couture’ collection, Paris couture imports from Chanel, Vionnet and Dior, a fur line, her several ready-to-wear lines under different names, a costume jewelry line, and a cosmetic line. Her dress designs were a success and soon she had such clients as Joan Crawford and the Duchess of Windsor. Hattie Carnegie’s colorful clothing and chic costume jewelry, even today, are greatly sought after by fashion and jewelry collectors. In 1956 Hattie was laid to rest and unfortunately for the business, much of the disirability of the label lay in the woman herself, and after her death, the label lost a lot of its luster. The business closed its doors for good in 1976.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Special thanks to our great photography instuctors and veterans: Harmon Kaplan, Michael Downey and Rick Gerrity