My intent was to see for myself what was going on, and experience it firsthand. Especially after seeing images of the apparent repression via the internet, I simply had to see if it was really how it looked. Because if there was any merit to that, then this was a story being under-reported and deserving of global interest. One of the first things I realized was that certain parts of St. Louis had awakened in response to the shooting. Regardless of what happens with Darren Wilson, a movement was born the moment Michael Brown fell dead.
My intention as a photographer was to go as an utter blank slate and merely learn and document as much as I could, both of the protesters, press and police officers there. What I came away with was the feeling that the problems faced by St. Louis run deep, that this shooting was the straw that broke the camel's back, and that the sheer construction of St. Louis reinforces systematic oppression and inequality. But the relentlessness and determination of the protesters really impressed me, and it was amazing seeing the community band together after such a collective tragedy.
Simon Zacahary Chetrit
My name is Simon Chetrit, and I am an editorial and photojournalistic photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. I am equally passionate about both current events and the human form. I focus specifically on medium and large format portraiture and especially full-face, intimate photographs. As a thorough news junkie and active citizen, I care deeply about humanity and the world. At times, a better future seems distinctly impossible. But for me, it helps to just capture the simple, mindblowing beauty our species is capable of.