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Can Photography Save The World? Josephine Herrick Believed


The year was 1941 and America was under attack — Pearl Harbor was bombed by the Japanese.  Josephine Herrick, a young creative girl from an affluent family felt it was her duty to help her country anyway should could.  Herrick combined her love of photography with volunteer service and enlisted friends to take pictures of servicemen departing to war.  Her team of volunteers would send each serviceman’s photo to his family along with a personalized note.  After the war, her organization would teach camera skills and self-expression to wounded veterans to help heal the emotional scars of war.


During the years that followed, the organization she founded would teach more than 100,000 Americans including veterans from WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.  Herrick worked tirelessly and expanded her mission to include the elderly, children with disabilities, terminally ill children and others that need help and rehabilitation.  In more recent times, the organization expanded their mission even more including: at-risk youth, immigrants, as well as veterans.


In its 72 year history, the list of famous and important photographers that donated to the organization included: Bourke-White, Ansel Adams, Edward Steichen and Irving Penn to name a few.  Today, the organization runs over 20 programs in New York City through its partnerships with several agencies and hospitals, including the Brooklyn VA, Block Institute, Gallop/NYC, Creedmoor Psychiatric Center and Beacon University Settlement.



Doug Kirkland’s portrait of Audrey Hepburn will be among the signed works donated
by today’s top photographers to be auctioned
at a benefit for the Josephine Herrick Project on November 4 at the Aperture Gallery.

On November 4, the Josephine Herrick Project, the organization that bears her name will auction more than 40 dazzling images from celebrated modern photographers as a fundraiser. The 2013 Modern Masters in Photography Benefit Auction will take place at the Aperture Gallery, 547 West 27th Street, New York City between 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Tickets are $150 per person, available at


Angel’s Trumpet by Elizabeth Opalenick is among the signed photographic works up for bid
at the 2013 Modern Masters in Photography Benefit Auction.

The benefit consists of a silent auction of artwork, portrait sittings, gallery tours and camera equipment and a live auction conducted by a Christie’s auctioneer.  Attendees will have a chance to acquire a signed print from modern masters, including Amy Arbus, Ralph Gibson, Mike Yamahsita, Phil Borges, Art Wolfe, Pulitzer Prize winner Jay Dickman, Douglas Kirkland, former White House photojournalist Barbara Kinney, longtime United Nations photographer John Isaac and Ron Haviv, author of Blood & Honey: A Balkan War Journal.   Also included are images from the Man Ray Trust.

About the author: Bill Indursky
Bill Indursky is an architect, trend expert, and digital entrepreneur. He is the former founder of V&M (Vintage & Modern (2006-2013)) and the current founder of Design Life Network (DLN). DLN is a MAGAZINE + DESIGN AGENCY + MARKETPLACE + TV CHANNEL promoting inspiring design of all eras online and on TV.

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