Reportage: The Indignados by Joey Panetta

The Indignados

Photos and text by Joey Panetta

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As we currently find ourselves in the midst of a global economic and social tail spin, I’d like to focus on a group of people that have adopted the name, The Spanish Indignados.   Like the Occupy Wall Street movement (OWS), the Indignados were brought together in order to bring awareness to social oppression, economic inequality, corporate greed, government corruption and the influence that global corporations have had on their governments.  They are a group of men and women that do not belong to any left or right wing parties, they are, as the OWS coined, the 99%.  They are the underdogs, the shrinking middle-class workers voicing their opinions louder and louder as Spain continues to dive deeper into economic woe.  Indigando is a term that properly defines the feeling of a large majority of Spanish citizens that are faced with an ever growing unemployment rate.  They are insulted by the choices their government has made.  Fed up with cutbacks and austerity measures that seem to only affect the middle to lower class citizens.  And tired that their voices continue to go unheard.

Child Protester at the Occupy Madrid protest

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While photographing within the immense crowds during a number of protests over the last year, I’ve spoken with people that have lost their businesses, homes and their faith in a government that was supposed to be representing their best interests.   These people, both young and old, are protesting for social and economic equality.  They are protesting for basic rights that are being taken away in order to save a crumbling economy.  Being a photojournalist, trained to see both sides of a situation, I can understand that cutbacks are essential within an economic crisis.  However, when these cuts are blatantly affecting a majority of the lower class populace, its people can do nothing else but come together in opposition against their governments.

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Spain is not alone in its hardships, and neither is Europe.  The worlds economic giants currently find themselves in a power tug-of-war with the general public.  We have seen what this 99%  is truly capable of in semi-recent revolutions in Tunisia and Libya, toppling governments that have long held on to their oppressive power.  In turn, the passion and dedication of these people have sparked the growing flame of the Indignados.
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These photographs are meant to not only show one small piece of this global movement.  They are meant to express and reveal the communal voice of a group of people, as they come together to encourage hope and assurance in a world that currently finds itself in dismal economic and social times.

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Joey Panetta was born just outside of Toronto, Canada. Photography has always been a large part of Joey’s life. Ever since he was a child all he ever really wanted to do was travel this world and capture the moments that make life worth living, good or bad; moments that would hopefully one day inspire others to do the same. His passion for what he does brings photography far beyond just a career choice, it is his way of life. He obsessively seeks to reveal the beauty in every situation, to encourage a dialogue with each image he produces and to also break the ‘comfortable bubble’ that many people tend to live within. His work not only defines who he is as a Photographer, but who he is as a person. Joey is currently based in Madrid, Spain.

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4 Responses to “Reportage: The Indignados by Joey Panetta”
  1. telmoquadros says:

    Let me tell you that the “indignados” are not an exclusive phenomena of Spain. In matter of fact, in Portugal is exactly the same, even if there are some other different details. As we saw last saturday the 2nd March in Portugal, the called “indignados” are almost all the portuguese population, that just can´t handle what they call “austerity” on a euphemistic manner, but is nothing else but a struggle for surviving.

  2. Dear Joey,

    Your text and photos are just phenomenal, moving, and speak to the frustrations that so many in the world feel today.

    The expressions on the people’s faces communicate so much of their hurt, frustration, Powerlessness, anger, and desperation. The pictures of the police are amazing.

    However, this thought line kept crossing my mind: as I looked at the protesters I felt that the police are not the enemy, and if only the CEOs of the corporations and the politicians that are fronting these CEOs were present, it is them that the protesters should be facing. The police are one of the protesters, only doing their job.

    Great stuff. Great black and whites. Great focus in the midst of motion. Great eye for detail in many pics – the legs, the helmets, and the hands.


  3. PK says:

    Great article, fantastic images, there is no more important topic in the world today than corporate malfeasance!

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