Photographs from the Exhibition

Patient Protester

Demonstrator Holds Sign While Awaiting Visit by US Attorney General John Ashcroft
National Constitution Center
Circa 2003
Jim MacMillan

This picture seems to be getting the most reaction from people I know who have seen the exhibition so far. It was taken was around the time when Ashcroft was advancing the Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003, sometimes called Patriot II, after the 2001 Patriot Act. I don’t remember exactly why he was visiting on this day.

I drove past the event to check for protesters and I didn’t think this was much of a picture — so, I didn’t even stop to get her name or story — but a print resurfaced while I was preparing this collection and I decided to include it. Calling someone a fascist was more unusual back then and I like how the sign juxtaposes with her outfit.

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


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.


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

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


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.