The Occupiers – Portraits of Occupy Wall Street By Eddie McShane
By Misery Xchord
“I live in New York City and until yesterday had not gone to Zuccotti Park to see the Occupy Wall Street protests for myself. I wanted to see who these people were so I decided to set up a portable studio and make formal portraits. I feel that these stripping away all of the background noise and just showing the people demonstrates their undeniable humanity. Their faces tell their story. What I learned is that these people are not whackos, anarchists, or indigents. They are overwhelmingly working and middle class people of all backgrounds who feel that their government has failed them and does not represent their interests. They are there to protest corruption, not to tear the rich from their penthouses and drag them down in to the streets. They just want the basic promise of America; that everyone has a fair chance to live with opportunity and dignity. These people are your friends and neighbors, their children, and your own. They are Americans, they are Patriots, and they have a right to be heard.” ~ Eddie McShane
The Occupiers - Kate, 39, and her daughter Valentina, From Brooklyn, and Camila, 23, From Uzbekistan ©2011 Eddie McShane
The Occupiers - Pockets, 19, From Washington D.C. ©2011 Eddie McShane CC BY-NC 2.0
The Occupiers - Reverend Ralph, 45, From Queens, New York ©2011 Eddie McShane
Photographs by Eddie McShane. You can contact the photographer on Flickr for licensing information and see more of his photography at www.eddiemcshane.com and on his Tumblr blog, The Roving Eye. Images have been licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-NC 2.0.
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