Each subject was photographed in front of a white or black background – eliminating their environments but elevating their commonality to that of “Protester,” a fitting set up for a group of people united by a common desire for change.
“They were all unhappy, they wanted change and they wanted better life,” Hapak said. “Everybody is out there to unite their power for one common cause, one common expression—to get a better life”
Patrick Witty is the International Picture Editor at TIME. Peter Hapak is a contract photographer for TIME, who most recently photographed Tilda Swinton in the December 19, 2011 issue.