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A Beautiful Ghetto By Devin Allen

A Beautiful Ghetto by Devin Allen

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Allen asks us to see beyond the the violence and poverty that all too often defines the ghetto.

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A Beautiful Ghetto by Devin Allen

In April 2015, Baltimore erupted into mass protests in response to the brutal and heinous murder of Freddie Gray by the Baltimore police. Suddenly, the eyes of the world turned to Baltimore. In nearly 100 stunning black and white photos, Allen documents the uprising, his city, and the people who live there, revealing a world of love, courage, struggle and hope. Each photo reveals the personality, beauty and spirit of Baltimore and those who live there, as his camera complicates the stereotype of a 'ghetto'.

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Devin Allen's work demonstrates a connection between resistance as a daily activity, a way of life in the ghetto, and resistance as a political act, as played out in the streets last spring. He documents resistance without judgment, without asking the usual questions that outsiders might: Is it justified? Is it effective? Is it legal? Resistance is represented not as a tactic, but as a fundamental aspect of life. -Washington Post Devin Allen could be the Gordon Parks of his generation. -NBC BLK Devin Allen's photographs paint a picture not only of the protests themselves but also of the ups and downs of everyday life in Baltimore. The collection reenvisions the meaning of the term ghetto, showing vibrancy within a racially divided city. -New York Magazine Reminiscent of the work produced by the late Gordon Parks. -Ebony Allen's photographs-which capture strength and beauty, as well as disparity and decay-transport viewers through the protests following the death of Freddie Gray and into the streets and lives of the people of West Baltimore where he grew up. -Baltimore Magazine The cumulative effect of Allen's photographs is of a city that's lively, arresting and - against the odds - undeniably gorgeous. -Baltimore Sun Devin Allen has compiled his poignant and sincere images of the real Baltimoreans who are often mischaracterized or neglected in the city's narrative for his first book. A Beautiful Ghetto captures the essence of the city before, during, and after the Baltimore Uprising. -Baltimore City Paper Gorgeous. -Cassius

About Devin Allen

Devin Allen, a Baltimore native, is only the third amateur photographer to have their photograph appear on the cover of Time. His work has also been featured in New York Magazine, the Washington Post, the New York Times, CNN, BBC, NBC News, Aperture Magazine, and Yahoo!. Allen's photographs have been exhibited in the Smithsonian. D. Watkins is the Editor At Large for Salon. His work has been published in the New York Times, Guardian, Rolling Stone, and other publications. He holds a master's in Education from Johns Hopkins University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Baltimore. He is a college professor at the University of Baltimore and founder of the BMORE Writers Project. Watkins has been the recipient of numerous awards including Ford's Men of Courage and a BME Fellowship. Watkins is from and lives in East Baltimore. He is the author of The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir and The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America

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NGR9781608467594
9781608467594
1608467597
A Beautiful Ghetto by Devin Allen
New
Hardback
Haymarket Books
20170928
120
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