A Beautiful Ghetto

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$26.95  $24.79
Publisher
Haymarket Books
Publish Date
Pages
124
Dimensions
9.0 X 0.5 X 10.0 inches | 1.58 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781608467594

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About the Author

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

Reviews

"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

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