Masked messengers, 2003

Two young women don vintage gas masks while waiting for a peace demonstration to kick off on Dilworth Plaza outside Philadelphia City Hall on March 20, 2003, the same day US forces invaded Iraq.

I have covered a few violent demonstrations in Philadelphia over the years but I can’t recall police ever deploying tear gas here.

Metadata info shows that I captured this image with a Nikon D1H camera, a 1/80th shutter speed and f 4.0 aperture, but focal length and ISO data is missing.

NYC peace march, 2003

Demonstrators wave labeled portraits of Dick Cheney, George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld and Ari Fleischer in New York City, two days after US forces invaded Iraq in 2003.

About 200,000 protesters paraded along Broadway from Times Square to Washington Square Park, in what news reports then indicated was the largest peace march in the city’s history.

Date: 3/22/03, Time: 2:23:59 p.m., Shutter: 1/1600, f: 6.3, ISO: 400, Lens 17mm

Not in our name, 2003

About 100 young protesters from “Not in Our Name” and other organizations held a “die-in for peace” outside Philadelphia City Hall and later blocked rush-hour traffic on March 17th, 2003, while demonstrating against the possibility of war with Iraq. The United States launched the invasion three days later.

Data: Date: 3/17/03, Time: 5:01:17 PM, Shutter: 1/320, f: 4.0, ISO: 400, Lens: Zoomed to 155mm, Philadelphia, PA, US

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