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Occupied Spaces
by Ben Roberts

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On the 15th October 2011, protestors representing the global Occupy movement set up a semi-permanent camp outside St. Paul’s Cathedral in central London. The aim of the protests is to encourage discourse and raise awareness of social and economic inequalities.

On the 25th of October, several UK newspapers and media outlets ran stories claiming that ‘thermal imaging’ proved that only 10% of the 250 tents in St. Paul’s Square were being inhabited overnight; I was immediately sceptical of these claims.

This series of photographs catalogues some of the communal and private spaces that have been installed in the St. Pauls and Finsbury Square camps. The traces of activity and inhabitance serve as a document of the intense utilisation of a limited space by a large number of both permanent and temporary residents.


210 x 288mm

24 colour photographs
Digital indigo + riso print on uncoated recycled paper
Elastic cord loose leaf document binding
Bagged in clear self-seal polypropylene
First edition
Text by Naomi Colvin
Published by Here Press