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Police Place Photojournalist in Police Van During Demonstration at Republican National Convention
Center City
2000
Jim MacMillan

I think I got this picture on the eve of the first day of the convention when police and protesters squared off on Walnut Street, a skirmish broke out and I saw this photographer I didn’t know get zip-tied and whisked away. The crazy thing was that I wound up sharing a hooch with him on a US Army base in Mosul four years later but didn’t recognize him until I was looking though my images a few years after that and stumbled across a less dramatic frame in which his face was more visible. He confirmed it was him but I’m not going to call him out because we’ve lost touch and I have no idea how he’d feel about it now. Small world yo.

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.