During a relatively peaceful 2002 protest against the World Bank in Washington, D.C., anti-war demonstrators began to change the situational climate of the march. Tensions between protesters and police, who were expecting a violent demonstration, started to rise. Police began to arrest everyone that they managed to surround inside Pershing Park, guilty, as well as innocent bystanders alike. These demonstrators were pulled from the crowd, handcuffed and thrown on an awaiting Metro bus. No one was read their rights as bystanders looked on in horror.

Pershing Park, Washington D.C.

September 2002

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A photographer who was born in a coal chute; to a mother who was literally squatting over it, in rural West Virginia. He managed to stave off black lung while splitting firewood in the backwoods of Kentucky for a four fingered accountant and Veteran of WWII. After dodging improvised explosive devices and periodic mortar/small arms fire in a far away land; he now whiles away his time digging in the Colorado dirt, occasionally finding the strength to raise his lazy hand to snap a picture or two.

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  • Jen Cannella
    Jen Cannellaalmost 7 years ago

    Very graphic, intense image!

  • Paul Louis Villani
    Paul Louis Vil...almost 7 years ago

    Realism. Captured so perfectly. Love the B&W ! :D

  • NervousNellie
    NervousNelliealmost 7 years ago

    Wow, very powerful! Nice shot.

  • Alexander Drake
    Alexander Drakealmost 7 years ago

    Wow what great timeing

  • ed wong
    ed wongalmost 7 years ago

    EXCELLENT image – remarkable shot, cbarker!~

  • Christopher Barker
    Christopher Ba...almost 7 years ago

    Thank you all for the positive critique. Much appreciated.

  • Craig Schroeder
    Craig Schroederalmost 7 years ago

    Extraordinary capture. That arm reaching out from bottom-left. The helmeted police, the young struggling people in jeans, the arms and legs stretched and bent in all directions. So kinetic and frightening.

    This image/story seems to be iconic or archetypal -- burned in our minds like the image of a bright light after you stare at it then look away. You can’t shake it. This could be from the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago or from East Germany or Romania in 1989 or Chile in 1974, or any number of other uprisings in the last 50 years (or 100 years with a change of clothes).

  • shawhouse
    shawhousealmost 7 years ago

    stunning photojournalism. excellent work.

  • Christopher Barker
    Christopher Ba...almost 7 years ago

    Thanks Paul and Craig, it really is amazing how timeless protest photographs become. Sure there are certain details that would give away its point in history but at the same time they all seem tied together. The struggle.

  • Steven  Sandner
    Steven Sandneralmost 7 years ago

    Crazy times, didnt think it was this bad nowadays.

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