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.

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.

Read more: Nick Ut, AP photographer behind ‘Napalm Girl,’ to retire