A Beautiful Ghetto

A Beautiful Ghetto

by Devin Allen

Foreword by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Published by: Haymarket Books

124 Pages, 9.00 x 10.00 in, 100 B&W images

  • Paperback
  • 9781642594560
  • Published: August 2021


  • Hardcover
  • 9781608467594
  • Published: September 2017


On April 18, 2015, the city of Baltimore erupted in mass protests in response to the brutal murder of Freddie Gray by police. Devin Allen was there, and his iconic photos of the Baltimore uprising became a viral sensation.

In these stunning photographs, Allen documents the uprising as he strives to capture the life of his city and the people who live there. Each photo reveals the personality, beauty, and spirit of Baltimore and its people, as his camera complicates popular ideas about the "ghetto."

Allen's camera finds hope and beauty doing battle against a system that sows desperation and fear, and above all, resistance, to the unrelenting pressures of racism and poverty in a twenty-first-century American city.