International Photographer Vance Petrunoff Captures the Essence of “Occupy” Movement

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His images depict the participants, their purity and their devotion to the movement, contrary to what appears in the media. He has purposely not focused on any violence or police involvement.

The "Occupied" Wall Street Journal

The "Occupied" Wall Street Journal

His photographic essays document “Occupy” from New York to Hawaii, covering Wall Street, Oakland, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, University of California Davis, the city of Davis, Sonoma, Honolulu, and even radical Berkeley.

As the “Occupy” movement has captured international attention, photographer Vance Petrunoff brings the true essence to the world with spot-on images that capture the raw spirit of the movement. His photographic essays document “Occupy” from New York to Hawaii, covering Wall Street, Oakland, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, University of California Davis, the city of Davis, Sonoma, Honolulu, and even radical Berkeley. Petrunoff offers a raw, ground level view of what was actually happening. His images depict the participants, their purity and their devotion to the movement, contrary to what appears in the media. He has purposely not focused on any violence or police involvement.

Petrunoff was in Oakland both before and after the police raids. His pictures serve insight to the media’s depiction of this event, and he clearly gives photographic proof to differ.

“I read a story on AP that said that the Oakland “Occupy” was dirty and rat-infested,” reports Petrunoff. “That was one reason for the raid. It wasn’t my experience at all. I documented a well-organized, clean event with well-thought waste collection and recycling centers. I saw no rats.”

Petrunoff’s images may be seen at http://vancepetrunoff.zenfolio.com/featured.html.

“It’s amazing how the national media is depicting these events,” says Petrunoff, who is no stranger to censorship. “It’s like they weren’t even there.”

Petrunoff’s images capture the core of “Occupy.” He has elected not to focus on the oddities, but the mainstream of the movement. His pictures show the people and their daily lives as well as their signs, banners and messages. His art has been extremely well received by participants and the media.

The “Occupy” events hit very close to Petrunoff, who defected from Bulgaria in 1985. He witnessed the fall of Communism and the Berlin Wall, and continues his work in America.

Petrunoff is planning a national exhibition of his work, displayed in select cities around America.

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