Making photographs can transform people’s lives. Josephine Herrick Project (JHP) helps do just that. We teach photography—at no cost to our students—to a wide variety of people facing significant social, physical, and economic disadvantage. These include youth and seniors from low-income communities, immigrant/refugee teens, children and young adults with cognitive and behavioral disabilities, disabled military veterans, and people of all ages living in economically isolated public housing. We exhibit their work publicly, encouraging others to pay attention to the vision, stories, and creativity of those whose point of view they rarely see.
JHP alumni echo John, a Vietnam vet with PTSD, who said our program "has helped me use art to express things too painful for words." For Qianqian, a teen immigrant from China, struggling to learn English and find herself as an American, "photography class helped me learn to trust in myself." Her class portfolio helped her get into college.
Working with professional photographers as teaching artists, we put cameras in the hands of more than 500 New Yorkers each year and have exhibited their photography to annual audiences in the tens of thousands. We partner with community-based organizations to deliver custom photography programs for the populations they serve.
JHP began in the 1940s as volunteers teaching photography in hospitals for wounded WWII servicemen and women under the leadership of pioneering photographer Josephine Herrick. It expanded to work with others under the name Rehabilitation Through Photography and was renamed in Herrick’s honor in 2013. We have refreshed our mission, strengthened our teaching, built new programs, and now offer our teaching artists competitive pay and professional development opportunities. We earned the prestigious Lucie Humanitarian Award in 2017, the only organization to have done so.
Making photographs can transform people’s lives. Josephine Herrick Project (JHP) helps do just that. We teach photography—at no cost to our students—to a wide variety of people facing significant social, physical, and economic disadvantage…