Remember this photograph, 2003

A peace protester holds up a photograph from the Vietnam era during a demonstration held in Washington in 2003, in opposition to the impending US war with Iraq.

Date: 1/18/03, Time: 1:22:47 PM, Shutter: 1/1600, f:4.0, ISO:400, Lens: Zoomed to 92mm

Nick Ut, who captured the famous image of the burned child running from her village in 1972, recently announced his retirement after 51 years with the Associated Press.

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Peace protesters arrested at Capitol, 2002

Police arrested about a dozen peace protesters after some blocked a road leading to the U. S. Capitol Building during a demonstration in October, 2002.

About 200 people had gathered for the rally as US lawmakers were about to vote on the invasion of Iraq, which followed about six months later.

I was already in Washington at the time to cover the DC Sniper attacks, which were commanding most of the national headlines that month.

Photojournalists doused in pepper spray, 2000

Police fire pepper spray toward photojournalists in Washington, DC, during an economic human rights demonstration against policies of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in April, 2000.

I was wearing eye protection and ducked most of my face into my bent arm but I went home with painful sunburn-like irritation on my forehead. 

Scattered acts of violence had broken out and protesters had rolled a dumpster toward this barricade moments earlier.

Bush inauguration protests, 2001

Photographs by Jim MacMillan ©2001

Bush inauguration protests

I went to Washington to photograph demonstrators protesting against the inauguration of President George W. Bush in 2001.

Rain was pouring and grandstands were empty until they were filled with protesters, who carried signs, shouted and threw garbage toward the new President’s limousine.

Though much smaller than some anti-war demonstrations I covered there in following years, thousands of protesters outnumbered supporters along the Pennsylvania Avenue parade route on this day, in bold contrast with the large, joyful crowds I found when I covered first Clinton inauguration in 1993.

The demonstration got exceptionally little media attention and live television coverage of the parade somehow avoided showing this section of the route.

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