With the ubiquity of smart phones and digital media, it goes without saying the Occupy Wall Street movement will one of the most heavily documented events in history up to this point. It also goes without saying that much of it will be shaky, messy, blurry and confusing. Now that OWS protestors have been decamped from Zucotti Park near Wall Street, we look back over the past several months at the culture and history of the movement through the particularly capable and artful lens of Zack Helwa, a photographer friend based in New York who’s been shooting the culture of OWS from New York to San Francisco and Los Angeles at his blog, Democratic Awakening.

And in this video, Craig Richardson takes us to Occupy Colorado Springs in Acacia Park.

 

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