I vote because my ancestors fought for that right


19 Jul 2018 2018 OUTDOOR

Stunning life size  photographs paired with  quotes of people from around the country on the importance of voting.

Featuring: Janette Beckman

Presented by

PROOF:Media For Social Justice

Curated by

Leora Kahn


I VOTE BECAUSE…, legendary photographer Janette Beckman large-scale photographs of citizens paired with their short  statements about why voting is important. We will be taking photos of people at photoville and asking them why they vote!


Janette Beckman is a British-born photographer who now lives and works in New York. She began her career at the dawn of punk rock working for music magazines The Face and Melody Maker. She shot bands from The Clash to Boy George as well as three Police album covers.
Moving to NYC in 1983 she was drawn to the underground hip-hop scene and photographed pioneers such as Run DMC, Slick Rick, Salt’n’Pepa, Grand Master Flash and LL Cool J..

She has published four books: ‘Rap, Portraits & Lyrics of a Generation of Black Rockers’, ‘Made In The UK The Music of Attitude 1977-1983’, ‘The Breaks, Stylin’ and Profilin’ 1982- 1990′ and ‘El Hoyo Maravilla’.

Her work has been shown in galleries worldwide and is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Museum of the City of New York and the Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe. She is represented by the Fahey Klein Gallery in Los Angeles.

Janette continues to chronicle sub-cultures of our generation and as well as working on shoots for fashion brands such as Levis, Florentini & Baker and Dior.


PROOF uses visual storytelling and Education to inspire action on human rights.
PROOF is a New York City based non profit organization that envisions a world of upstanders who will take action in defense of others.

PROOF organizes and documents global and domestic social injustices to reveal the power of everyday upstanders. PROOF’s network of human rights activists facilitates the testimonies of those who take action against injustice. By engaging a network of photo journalists, activists, and scholars and through the ethical collection of testimonies, PROOF’s exhibitions and workshops encourage righteous action.

PROOF was founded in 2006 with a vision to unite the skills and experiences of internationally renowned photojournalists for social justice advocacy and action. Our exhibits and workshops aim to engage the broader public in conversations about human rights, peace, and justice through moving first-hand testimonies and powerful photo narratives

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