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one of many - The changing face of contemporary political protest

Has political protest become just a personal matter?

In an age when fewer and fewer people vote, when it is commonly believed that the world is out of control and that there is little that we ordinary citizens can do to influence our destiny, protest seems to be increasingly characterized by individual actions.

Over the past few years I have been documenting contemporary political protest and I am continually struck by the extraordinary inventiveness and creativity that individuals bring to demonstrations. At the same time I wonder whether this emphasis on individual response may possibly say more about how we feel about ourselves rather than what we think of the issues at stake.

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anti-war demonstration London april 2004