Photographs from the Exhibition

Photojournalist zipped

Police Place Photojournalist in Police Van During Demonstration at Republican National Convention
Center City
Jim MacMillan

I think I got this picture on the eve of the first day of the convention when police and protesters squared off on Walnut Street, a skirmish broke out and I saw this photographer I didn’t know get zip-tied and whisked away. The crazy thing was that I wound up sharing a hooch with him on a US Army base in Mosul four years later but didn’t recognize him until I was looking though my images a few years after that and stumbled across a less dramatic frame in which his face was more visible. He confirmed it was him but I’m not going to call him out because we’ve lost touch and I have no idea how he’d feel about it now. Small world yo.

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.