The Occupy Wall Street Movement – One Year Later. A Photographic Retrospective by Vance T. Petrunoff at Fort Mason

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Occupy Wall Street photographer journalistic exhibition opens on the anniversary of the Movement in San Francisco's Ft. Mason

His photographic essays document Occupy Wall Street, Chicago, Oakland, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, University of California Davis, the city of Davis, Sonoma, Honolulu, and radical Berkeley among others.

Photojournalist Vance T. Petrunoff is the only photographer to capture a comprehensive view of the Occupy Movement from the inception in September of 2011 on Wall Street to far away Hawaii. His images depict the essence and raw spirit of Occupy through spot-on images. His photographic essays document Occupy Wall Street, Chicago, Oakland, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, University of California Davis, the city of Davis, Sonoma, Honolulu, and radical Berkeley among others.

Petrunoff offers a honest, ground level view of what actually happened. Purposely avoiding violence and police involvement, the images illustrate the participants, their purity and their devotion to the movement. Petrunoff was in Oakland both before and after the police raids. His pictures deliver insight to the media’s depiction of this event, and visibly provide photographic evidence to differ.

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

Electing to focus on mainstream Occupy rather than the oddities, his rich and fascinating images portray the people and their daily lives in the camps, as well as their signs, banners and messages.

The Occupy Movement 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.

In the first public exhibition of his Occupy photographs, Chris Desser will host Mr. Petrunoff at an opening night party at Fort Mason Center on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 6PM. The evening will include discussion on the importance of Occupy and other social movements for these times. Chris Desser is an artist and fellow of On the Commons, a think tank focused on developing the concept of The Commons as an overarching analytical structure organizing across sectors and disciplines. Her current project is A Catalogue of Extinct Experience, an art installation to open in the fall of 2013.

While this event is open to the public free of charge, space is limited. Please R.S.V.P for the reception to: vpetrunoff(at)me(dot)com or Facebook.

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