New York, NY—The Josephine Herrick Project (JHP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of those in need through the communicative power of photography, will host its annual Benefit Party and Photography Auction on October 19, 2015 at Affirmation Arts in New York City. Held the same week as PhotoPlus Expo, October 22–24, 2015, proceeds from the benefit event will help sustain the foundation’s extensive community, veterans and youth programs that center on photography as a powerful learning and communications tool.
“Since 1941, the Josephine Herrick Project has brought the magic of photography to more than 100,000 disadvantaged Americans and the core of its success lies with the unwavered support of the photographic community,” said Jackie Augustine, board president of JHP and Jackie Augustine Consulting. “This annual event is a great representation of how artists, manufacturers and executives from the photo community work together for a common cause.”
The focal point of the evening will be a live (and online) auction of original photographs from some of the world’s most notable and legendary photographers. The proceeds represent a significant portion of the foundation’s operating budget to continue funding education programs for adults and children nationwide.
The list of photographers who have donated prints to the auction in the past are a who’s who in the world of photography, including Michael Grecco, Pamela Hanson, Barbara Mensch, Howard Schatz, Mark Seliger, Ralph Gibson, Nina Berman and Jill Enfield. In cooperation with Paddle8, a New York-based auction house, art lovers globally will be able to bid on their favorite photographs online. This year’s auction will include works from Douglas Kirkland, Amy Arbus and Man Ray, to name a few.
“Expect the unexpected at this event” added Matt Sweetwood, vice president, JHP and president of Unique Photo in Fairfield, New Jersey. “This will not be your typical auction. There will be opportunities to network with the industry’s leading editors, photographers and JHP program participants. Everyone who loves photography will have a chance to bid on an amazing array of photographs ranging from a few hundred dollars to some worth thousands—and all proceeds raised help those in need.”
For additional information about the benefit or to learn more about the Josephine Herrick Project and how to get involved in one of its committees, visit JHProject.org.