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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."
"Devin Allen could be the Gordon Parks of his generation."
"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."
"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."
"The cumulative effect of Allen's photographs is of a city that's lively, arresting and -- against the odds -- undeniably gorgeous."
"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