Before the war

Original caption found in metadata: Peace protesters pass City Hall Saturday. Police estimated that ten thousand demonstrators marched in Philadelphia against war with Iraq. Date: 2/15/03, Time: 1:36:05 PM, Shutter: 1/750, f: 4.0, ISO: 800, Lens: 17mm, Philadelphia, PA, US

Photographers had to use unusually wide lenses in those days to compensate for the small footprint of sensors in early digital camera. I was probably using a Nikon D1h at that time.

The US invaded Iraq on March 20. I went to Iraq to cover the war for the AP about a year later.

By Jim MacMillan

Jim MacMillan is the founder and director of the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting, as well as the the assistant director of the Logan Center for Urban Investigative Reporting at the Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University.

During his photojournalism career, MacMillan spent 17 years at the Philadelphia Daily News and worked for The Associated Press in Boston and then in Baghdad during the war in Iraq, after which his team was awarded The Pulitzer Prize. He has also been recognized with the Bayeux Prize for War Correspondents, a National Headliner Award and the Pennsylvania Distinguished Visual Award for coverage of the 9/11 attack at the World Trade Center.

Previously, MacMillan was a fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri, the Journalist in Residence at Swarthmore College, a Fellow with the Philadelphia Social Innovations Lab at the University of Pennsylvania and a Practitioner in Residence at the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University.

He was also an Ochberg Fellow with the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University and the Knight Fellow in Medicine/Health Sciences Journalism with the Knight-Wallace Fellows at the University of Michigan. Previous faculty appointments include the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Swarthmore College, New York University’s Carter Journalism Institute and Klein College.