Leora Kahn

Leora Kahn is founder and president of PROOF: Media for Social Justice. She works on global projects with Amnesty International and the United Nations. Her 2007 book, Darfur: 20 Years of War and Genocide, has won several awards, and an exhibition of this work is traveling in the US under the auspices of the Holocaust Museum of Houston. In collaboration with the UN’s Office on Children and Armed Conflict, Kahn curated an exhibition on child soldiers that continues to travel worldwide, and which has an accompanying book, Child Soldiers.

Kahn’s film credits include 'Rene and I,' an award-winning documentary about the life of a woman who was experimented on by Josef Mengele during the Holocaust. She also co-produced 'Original Intent'; a documentary that explores the judicial philosophy promoted by the right wing in the US. Kahn has been a director of photography at Workman Publishing and Corbis, as well as working at The New York Times Magazine, Time magazine, and numerous other publications.

Kahn has also been a fellow on the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University. She lectures and teaches widely on topics in human rights and photography, including at Yale, the International Center for Photography, and the New School in New York. She is a Fulbright Senior Specialist and recently taught at University of Haifa. She is currently working on projects on refugees and testimonies with Clark University and the Aristotle University in Greece.

Kahn’s recent work has taken her to Rwanda, Cambodia and Bosnia, where she has researched and interviewed rescuers from these genocides. An exhibition comprising photos and texts of these interviews has traveled to ten different countries worldwide. She has also developed a worldwide project on rape and transitional justice with partners TRIAL and UNFPA.

Leora Kahn