In the two years since Michael Brown was killed, I think the name “Ferguson” has really come
to invoke a cautionary tale of what communities don’t want to become, in the case of racial
tensions around fatal police encounters. I think the narrative has lost this idea of who Ferguson
really is, and who lives here. I think the students coming down, Joel [Pruce, assistant professor of
human rights studies at the University of Dayton] coming down, Leora [Kahn, PROOF founder
and director] coming in, me being here, I think it just really made all of us, including the people
we were engaging with... folks found that the community is much more than what it’s been
portrayed to be in the national media

Ferguson Voices : Disrupting the Frame Exhibit opens at St Louis Public Library  - Schlafly Branch on August 3rd 

PROOF uses visual storytelling and Education to inspire action on human rights.

PROOF: Media for Social Justice is a non-profit organization based in New York City that uses visual storytelling and education to inspire action on human rights and create attitude and policy change. PROOF was founded in 2006 with a vision to unite the skills and experiences of internationally renowned photojournalists for social justice advocacy and action.

PROOF brings together photographers, documentarians, journalists, academics, students, and activists to create photo exhibitions, publications, and educational workshops that document global and domestic social injustices and empower people to act. Our exhibits and workshops aim to engage the broader public in conversations about human rights, peace, and justice through moving firsthand testimonies and powerful photo narratives.

Learn more about PROOF


In 2016, PROOF celebrated its ten-year anniversary. Read all about it and more in our 2016 Annual Report below.

There are a few spots left in PROOF's successful high school human rights and photojournalism program, Picture Justice. 

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