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Mutant Tomato

Protesters Against Genetically Modified Foods Stage Die-In
National Constitution Center
Circa 2005
Jim MacMillan

My favorite thing about my Philadelphia demonstration photos throughout the years is the spectrum of protest topics. The file metadata indicates that this photo was taken at 6:54 p.m. on June 19, 2005 and the caption field reads:

A “biodemocracy” protester, dressed as a mutant tomato, dances around a die-in demonstration in front of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia Sunday, June 19, 2005. Demonstrators have planned events this week, including a “day of action” on Tuesday, all to coincide with the Biotechnology Industry Organization annual international convention in downtown Philadelphia.

From the exhibition:

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

On exhibit through March 31, 2024 | more info
Talk and reception: December 8, 2023 | free tickets

Update

Sarah Glover, Vice President for News and Civic Dialogue at WHYY, will moderate the panel discussion. She is also a former staff photojournalist at the Philadelphia Daily News and Inquirer.

Partner

I am honored to share this exhibition with Joseph V. Labolito. Visit: labolito.com

About the exhibition

In this exhibit, we explore the images of two photographers, Joseph V. Labolito and Jim MacMillan, as they traveled around Philadelphia. Both captured unique human experiences, whether it was Labolito documenting neighborhood life or MacMillan following protestors marching through the streets. The contrast of the two photographers’ work as they moved about the city can be clearly seen in their photographs. While Labolito’s photographs in black and white are purposefully framed and occasionally posed, MacMillan’s color photographs were captured quickly and candidly in a way only a news photographer can. Both were trying to capture a fleeting moment in the city.

By creating a mixed gallery of their work, the viewer is surrounded by the city through their eyes. Combining images from these two collections, both recently donated to the Special Collections Research Center, we aim to demonstrate how everyone has a different perspective of the city they live in, and how two completely opposite experiences could happen right around the corner from one another. The viewer moves through the exhibit as an experience, surrounded by images of the city they may or may not remember, as the city is ever evolving.

Exhibit production by Brenda Galloway-Wright and Ann Mosher, Special Collections Research Center

Location

Charles Library at Temple University
1st Floor Exhibit Space
1900 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122
Hours | Parking and Transportation

About me

My usual home page will return after the exhibition but until then I will post any new photos here: Course of Life

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.