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 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.