We humanize statistics, promoting compassion and advocating responsible citizenship and leadership among members of the global community through portrait photography and documentary filmmaking.
Who We Are
The People’s Portfolio is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that uses multi-media storytelling, led by artist Platon, to document humanitarian efforts around the globe and to humanize important statistics. We share our portfolios with a global audience to provide viewers with a powerful personal connection to matters of pressing concern.
As the external communications department for global human rights defenders, our portfolios highlight both individuals and the larger causes they represent, and are designed as tools to encourage the general public, and those who hold power, to take action.
The goal of The People’s Portfolio is to center emerging human rights defenders and the people they serve and help them develop an enhanced platform of leadership. Collaborating with NGO partners and advocacy organizations, we select important social and civil issues that urgently need awareness. We then create compelling visual advocacy that:
enhances the capacity of NGOs to reach mainstream audiences with dynamic, non-partisan storytelling
frames human rights defenders as inspirational global leaders
propels important issue advocacy into mainstream media at key moments.
Partnership is an essential component of our strategy. To date, we've produced portfolios in collaboration with Human Rights Watch, 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege and the institutions he founded - Panzi Hospital and Foundation with Physicians for Human Rights, National Geographic Society, Thomas Jefferson University,The New Yorker, The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, TIME, Netflix, ExxonMobil and The UN Foundation.
The People’s Portfolio developed directly out of Platon’s humanitarian work and formally attained 501(c)(3) status in 2013.