The Gordon Parks Foundation has announced a forthcoming photography exhibition honoring the work of Baltimore photographer Devin Allen, who was selected as the Foundation’s inaugural fellow earlier this year for “his artistic practice and dedication to social justice.”
Photographs from Allen’s 144-page photo diary, A Beautiful Ghetto, will be on display at the Foundation’s exhibition space from September 15 through November 18, 2017. The exhibit will showcase images captured following the death of Freddie Gray, telling the story of Gray and the “countless others who grow up, work, and raise their families in places like Baltimore,” as Allen said earlier this year in an article about his book.
“When most people think about the word ‘ghetto,’ they think of poverty, struggle, pain, violence, drugs,” said Allen, whose book was released in June. “But for me, the word ‘ghetto’ is so much more. When I look deep into my community, I see a beauty that is often overlooked and unappreciated.”
The 27-year-old photographer was also featured on OWN’s SuperSoul Sunday in 2016. He has since shifted his focus to “arming the youth of Baltimore with cameras, not guns” with his Through Their Eyes project, which provides students with cameras and access to photography workshops with the goal to “empower young people to tell their stories.”
An artist reception and book signing will be held during the exhibition’s opening on September 15. Copies of A Beautiful Ghetto will also be available for purchase.
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