A Beautiful Ghetto

IssueFebruary - March 2018
Feature by Devin Allen


PHOTO: Devin Allen

In April 2015, the US city of Baltimore erupted in mass protests after the brutal murder by police of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Black man. African-American photographer Devin Allen, born and raised in Baltimore, documented the uprising without judgement. In the book of his photographs, A Beautiful Ghetto (Haymarket Books, 2017), he writes: ‘I was tear-gassed, pepper-sprayed, and hit with shields while capturing these images.... This book is to challenge the stigma, to show the beautiful side of the ghetto, and hopefully to inspire others to love, respect, and invest in our communities.’

Topics: Race