Photographs from the Exhibition

Human wishbone

Police Attempt to Restrain Demonstrator During Protest
Jim MacMillan

I don’t think I ever understood what was going on in this picture but here is what I remember: It was a hot summer day shortly after I came home from Iraq in 2005 and there were at least two demonstrations taking place simultaneously, one demanding the right to skateboard on LOVE Park and another group objecting to the genetically-modified food industry conference visiting Philadelphia that week.

I shot this while standing on the platform on the edge of the old fountain, which was as slick as ice from some in the mob splashing water up toward the struggle. One little brat tried to push me in and it took all of my acrobatic skills and a lot of good luck to keep my balance.

I didn’t see whatever lead police to try to grab this guy but then others pulled him away and he slipped off through the crowd. Take a close look at how many hands are wrapped around his left arm alone. It’s also interesting to look at all the early digital video cameras in the crowd.

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.