august, 2017

26aug12:00 pm- 2:00 pmA Beautiful Ghetto: A Photo-Illustrated Talk by Devin Allen


Event Details

On April 18th, 2015, Baltimore erupted in mass protests in response to the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. The eyes of the world turned to Baltimore, and the photographs by Devin Allen, a West Baltimore native, went viral.

In 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, as his camera complicates the stereotype of a “ghetto”. We find smiles where one might least expect them, hope in the battle against a system that sows desperation and fear, and above all, resistance, to the unrelenting pressures of racism in twenty-first-century America.

Devin Allen is one of the first amateur photographers to have his work featured on the cover of Time magazine. His photographs have also appeared in New York Magazine, the Washington Post, the New York Times, CNN, BBC, NBC News, Aperture Magazine, and Yahoo!

The afternoon will be introduced by D. Watkins, the Editor At Large for Salon. His work has been published in The New York Times, Guardian, Rolling Stone, and other publications. 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.

The Ivy Bookshop will have copies of Devin Allen’s book for sale at a book signing following the program.


(Saturday) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Enoch Pratt Library, Pennsylvania Avenue Branch

1531 W. North Avenue, Baltimore MD 21217