Click to preview January 2009 Utensils Revolution ICELAND photo book

In January 2009 I was working for the Icelandic newspaper DV.
The people of Iceland were full of anger due to the economic situation, felt betrayed and blamed their leaders of negligence and even treason.The economic recession now affected everyone, thousands were without jobs, the debts of home owners had doubled or more and every citizen in the country was said to owe huge amounts to the British and the Dutch because of the ICESAVE accounts.The nonviolent and peaceful people of Iceland were confused and uncertain about the future. There were no guns or weapons used in this revolution, but there were pots and pans to make a lot of noise, domestic utensils, eggs and paint and snowballs. The people wanted the government to step down. The photographs in this book are taken on January 7th, 20th, 21st and 26th. On January 21st, whilst the revolution was in full power there was a funeral in the church next to the Parliament building. For almost an hour the noise from the prostests died, until the funeral was over. A strange moment when the police and the protesters just stopped what they were doing and talked to each other. As a result of this domestic utensils revolution the government stepped down on January 26th.


About the Author

Gunnar Gunnarsson
gunnigunn Reykjavík Iceland

Photographer in Iceland since 1985

Publish Date  June 17, 2010

Dimensions  Large Square  66 pgs Premium Paper, lustre finish

Category  History

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