99 Faces of Occupy Wall St.
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- 99 Faces of Occupy Wall St.
- This portrait project had stories written on it by The New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post and editorial discussion by Slate, the New Yorker and many others. It was an interesting look at a project spreading virally, generating tens of thousands of daily visits to the site.
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These portraits are from the "Faces of Occupy Wall St." Project at: www.99FacesOfOccupyWallSt.org
"99 Faces of Occupy Wall St." reveals a cross-section of people behind the national occupy movement at the home of its origin, Zuccotti Park prior to their eviction.
To many of us watching around the country via fragmented glimpses in the media, it's hard to understand who is behind this movement and what has brought so many of them to Wall St.
Since the movement is non-hierarchical and is not represented by leaders or clearly defined personalities, any glimpse requires a broad sample. 99 people selected as arbitrarily as possible seemed like an appropriate, as well as symbolic, number to get a sense of what's happening here.
This portrait series focuses on faces -- no environment, no signs; each person with an honest look into the lens without any trappings other than what they were wearing at the time. We wanted it to be personal, these portraits are a look into the eyes.
And we asked them a question: "Why are you here?". Alongside the portraits is a spontaneous explanation as to the motivations of the people we met.