The racial climate in America has been extremely dense the past two years, and with the recent wrongful death of 25-year-old Baltimore native Freddie Gray, residents of Maryland’s largest city of Baltimore have chosen to confront the deep-seeded issue of police brutality head-on.
While anger was bubbling over in the streets of Baltimore early Monday afternoon, 26-year-old Devin Allen, a West Baltimore photographer, grabbed his camera, hit the streets, and began documenting the uprising of Baltimore’s forgotten population.
As the level of tension heightened between protesters and police, like most young people, Devin felt compelled to shared the raw yet stunning photos he captured on his personal Instagram. Soon after, Devin’s photos began appearing on mainstream media outlets like the BBC and CNN. Even pop superstar Rihanna shared his photo of a Black police officer holding back tears as he watched chaos ensue right before his eyes.
Fast forward a few days, Devin’s intense photo of a young man running from dozens of riot police is now TIME Magazine’s vol. 185, no. 17 cover. Eerily enough, the cover harkens back to images in 1968, when Baltimore erupted with fury after Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.
In an interview with TIME, Devin explained his motivation to document such a dark time in Baltimore.
“I know my city. With all the frustration with the city, the mayor, the economy, the pot has been boiling. I went in thinking I would show the good, the bad and the ugly. Of course, since I’m a black man, I understand the frustration, but at the same time, I’m a photographer. I’m not going to lie to you. I’m going to tell you exactly what happened. That was the goal.”
Devin took hundreds of photos documenting Baltimore’s uprising, so we decided to share some of the stunning images with you all. Enjoy. Rest in power #FreddieGray.
SOURCE: TIME | PHOTO CREDIT: TIME Magazine via Devin Allen
Devin Allen's 43 Most Stunning Photos From The #BaltimoreUprising
1. As his eye's water i wonder the thoughts running thru his head ::: Yes police have done us wrong but all are not evil, and this picture shows that :::: The news wont show this the Sun paper turned me down multiple times :::: I CAPTURE the real The Good and Bad :::: Repost Share spread the word #Ripfreddiegray #prayforbaltimore #allblacklivesmatter ::: #DVNLLNSource: 1 of 23
2. These news photographers & photo journalist keep coming on MY ig basically telling me to shut stop talking and let my pictures do the talking & idk what I'm doing lol etc :::: The beauty of having MY own camera MY own ig & twitter and MY own opinion lol i can do and say post what i want :::: but if I left it up to you what would the caption be huh NIGGAS(thugs) with their fist up. Nah ill pass on shutting up :::: #welovebaltimore #Ripfreddiegray ::: #DVNLLNSource: 2 of 23
3. She walked between the line of police and protesters ::: Saying Bless you to both ::: and stop and Said you better smile when i talked to you lol ::: all 3 of us bust out laughing ::: #welovebaltimore #ripfreddygray ::: #DVNLLNSource: 3 of 23
4. This is how they want us ::::: Chained up in jump suits :::: open your eye's you have the power don't give them the satisfaction ::: RISE ABOVE ::: #DVNLLN #ripfreddiegray #WELOVEBALTIMORESource: 4 of 23
5. Pray with us | Pray for us :::: #baltimore #ripfreddiegray ::: #DVNLLNSource: 5 of 23
6. Fighting for the Future ::::: #ripfreddiegray #blacklivesmatter #Baltimore ::: #DVNLLNSource: 6 of 23
7. Would you lay down for the Cause :::: don't talk my head off I'm just just playing my part to inspire you to stand up ::: #ripfreddiegray #Baltimore ::: #DVNLLNSource: 7 of 23
8. All live's matter in my eye's we should be able to live free and be comfortable in our own skin and stand as one :::: I respect anyone who stands with my people for our rights ::: deeper than skin tones #DVNLLNSource: 8 of 23
9. They say singing will heal the heart so brother sing on ::: #welovebaltimore #RIPFREDDIEGRAY ::: #DVNLLNSource: 9 of 23
10. & my heart breaks ::: I feel your pain we all do ::: i want to tell your story & let the world hear your tears drop ::: #welovebaltimore #RIPFREDDIEGRAY ::: #DVNLLNSource: 10 of 23
11. #Welovebaltimore is the movement we snatched all the kids off the streets for a big cookout and fun ::: No help from the city ::: But we are pulling out all stop ::: #ripfreddiegray #DVNLLNSource: 11 of 23
12. We snatch the youth off the streets today :::: these young kings are the future they need to be Lead :::: All the leaders in my city were in attendance ::: The street leaders The Artist,Coaches,Party promoters,Mua,bloggers,hair stylist and more ::: #welovebaltimore :::ripfreddiegray ::: #DVNLLNSource: 12 of 23
13. I was really speechless when i saw this :::: I don't even have a caption it made me sad but I still had to snap :::: the good the bad and the ugly ::: you Document the Bad so you can fix it not sweep it under the rug :: #welovebaltimore #ripfreddiegray ::: #DVNLLNSource: 13 of 23
14. My City is in ruins and they treating it like a tourist attraction :::: #freddiegray #baltimore ::: #DVNLLNSource: 14 of 23
15. Baltimore Native ::: These are the people the news are currently walking past :::: these are the people of baltimore who are making difference and being ignored :::: #Ripfreddiegray #BALTIMORE :::: #DVNLLNSource: 15 of 23
16. Things will get better i promise :::: #ripfreddygray #BALTIMORE :::: #DVNLLNSource: 16 of 23
17. The Good The Bad & The Ugly , I wont lie to you ::::: Thats what media does ::: you need to see the truth so you can see whats real and what needs to change :::: the younger generation his pissed and running around like chickens with their heads cut off :::: we need our so called leaders to step up and lead ::: Don't comment on actions positive or negative when you not doing shit at all :::: #Ripfreddygray #DVNLLNSource: 17 of 23
18. What do you see when you look in his Eye's ::: Does he make you feel safe :::: Our brothers see nothing but a shell of a man who fears melanin & I also see the same thing ::::: prisoners in our own city with a little bit more freedom ::: #ripfreddiegray #baltimore #blacklivesmatter :::: #DVNLLNSource: 18 of 23
19. What do you say when your facing the enemy :::: as you try to explain the pain of losing a friend a brother without lashing out and attacking i watched him plead his case and ask for justice :::: what they wont show YOU on the news :::: #ripfreddiegray #baltimore ::: #DVNLLNSource: 19 of 23
20. No more Cartoons and Cereal Our kids on the front lines :::: They don't trust the police so they screaming"Fuck em" & The Police Give them Cold looks as if their sizing them up ::: #ripfreddiegray #Baltimore :::: #DVNLLNSource: 20 of 23
21. My people are tired and are fighting back in a rage :::: #Baltimore #ripfreddiegray #blacklivesmatter #prayforbaltimore :::: #DVNLLNSource: 21 of 23
22. It has started this is what they wanted ::::: #Baltimore #blacklivesmatter #ripfreddiegray :::: #DVNLLNSource: 22 of 23
23. Its beautiful seeing people from multiple Ethnic backgrounds march with us screaming with us it gives you hope, all aren't lost ::: Respect :: #ripfreddiegray #blacklivesmatter #Baltimore ::: #DVNLLNSource: 23 of 23
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Photographer Devin Allen’s Most Poignant Images From The Baltimore Uprising was originally published on globalgrind.com