Eclipsed in Philadelphia

I dropped by Dilworth Plaza just as the first eclipse of the social media generation was reaching it’s peak here in Center City Philadelphia today. Before I left, I grabbed this angle looking past the statue of William Penn atop Philadelphia City Hall. Thousands of people were out, many with eclipse glasses, homemade viewers, cameras,…

Rizzo mural defaced, 1999

The Frank Rizzo mural in South Philadelphia has been vandalized for so long that I was still shooting film when I made these pictures as police were investigating an incident near the end of the last millennium. According to my caption written that day in October, 1999: “It appeared that light bulbs, bottles, and Christmas…

Vigil for Charlottesville

There have been several gatherings in Philadelphia since last week’s violence in Charlottesville. I caught this overhead look at a candlelight vigil Sunday night on Thomas Paine Plaza. Hundreds are gathered on Thomas Paine Plaza in Philadelphia now for a vigil honoring the victims of white terrorism in #Charlottesville: A post shared by Jim MacMillan…

Caught in the rain

Water from a sudden downpour pools in small boats outside the Independence Seaport Museum on the Delaware River in Philadelphia recently.

The museum’s Workshop on the Water is “dedicated to the skills and traditions of wooden boat building and sailing in the Delaware Valley and the New Jersey shore.”

Mexican border, 2010

U.S. Border Patrol agents in Nogales, Arizona guard the fence separating Nogales, Mexico, seen at right. I spent a few days on both sides of the border in 2010 during a reporting trip with NYU journalism students.

Botched robbery scene, 1998

Philadelphia Police SWAT team officers help a woman away from the scene of a botched robbery in the Frankford section of the city in 1998. Several suspects were captured and no injuries were reported, as I recall. If I understood and remember correctly, the suspects tried to blend in with the customers inside a check…

Addiction in Philadelphia, 1995

Local news organizations seem to be rediscovering addiction in Philadelphia recently — as overdose deaths have been skyrocketing in recent years — but it wasn’t a new problem when I took these photos in the Fairhill section of the city in 1995 and 1996. Maybe we could have done more then. In the photo at…