The below text was written in the spring of 2012, when Occupy Wall Street was in a period of revitalization and hope. Today, the movement itself is no longer an active force but its impact can be felt in the continued use of the term 99%, the increasing popularity of arguments against anti-inequality and, perhaps, in the anti-austerity parties that are surging across Europe.

As with Ken Light's pictures from the late 60s and early 70s, a movement may seem to end—but its influence can live on long after the last protestor has quit the streets.


Occupy Wall Street, as a public movement, began on September 14, 2011. For eight months, those involved struggled to become a legitimate, anti-government voice in the United States of America. On May 1, 2012, after a winter spent fighting what seemed like a losing battle, the OWS movement experienced a rebirth. Since then, the determination and perseverance of the protestors has continued to make an impact. People all over the world have stood in solidarity in the face of oppression, made stronger because of OWS and its successes.

—Andre Malerba


Editors' Note: Andre Malerba has since moved on from New York City and has taken up residence in Yangon, Myanmar. He is our guest photographer for the week on Instagram, posting documentary shots from all over his newly adopted home. Don't miss out!