Rob Gerhardt is a social documentary photographer based in Brooklyn. His work has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions in North America, Europe and Asia, and is in a number of public and private collections. His work has also been published both nationally and internationally, including in The Guardian, The New York Times, The Diplomat and the Hong Kong Free Press. He is a member of the National Press Photographers' Association and the Foreign Correspondent's Club, Hong Kong.
Mic CheckBy Rob Gerhardt
I had just stepped out of the subway station when my cell phone rang. It was my father. I saw on the news that there are protesters gathering in Manhattan. Be careful getting home. OK, Dad. Thanks for letting me know. Ill be careful. I put my phone back in my pocket, reached for my cameras and felt the weight of them on my neck as I slipped their straps over my head. I adjusted my camera bag on my hip, turned the collar up on my old green army jacket, and took a deep breath as I faced the mass of protesters in front of me who had gathered in the chilly night air at Union Square.