Photographs from the Exhibition

No Toy Guns

Demonstration March to Stop Gun Violence
Center City
Jim MacMillan

Children march up Broad Street to kick off a toy gun collection campaign, in an effort to curb youth violence with real guns.

Digital image metadata: Date: 8/12/03, Time: 11:53:20 a.m., Shutter: 1/2000, f:5.6, ISO:800, Lens:17, Philadelphia, PA

It doesn’t make sense that I was shooting at ISO 800 in a scenario bright enough for these other settings but I often set the ISO on the cameras in my trunk at the start of the day and hopped out of my car to shoot things like this with very little notice. I mostly shot aperture-priority auto exposure and kept my eye on the shutter speed to make sure it was high enough to keep things sharp. ISO was just one too many things to think about on the fly.

I think I had a 17-24 zoom, or something like that because I often had to shoot very wide because digital cameras had much smaller chips at that time.

Visit the exhibition:

Portraits of Philadelphia: Photographs by Joseph V. Labolito and Jim MacMillan, 1981-2023

Through March 31, 2024 | More info

Charles Library at Temple University
1st Floor Exhibit Space
1900 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122
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By Jim MacMillan

Jim MacMillan is the founder and director of the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting and the assistant director of the Logan Center for Urban Investigative Reporting at Temple University. He has been a fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and the Knight-Wallace Fellows, as well as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and Swarthmore College. Previously, MacMillan spent 17 years at the Philadelphia Daily News and photographed the war in Iraq for The Associated Press, after which he and his team were awarded The Pulitzer Prize.