Gabriella Demczuk
  • In Gabriella Demczuk's poetic series, "Baltimore Sings the Blues," Baltimore is angry, frustrated and in mourning. Demczuk's series centers around the death of Freddie Gray, a young black man who died after suffering an unexplained spinal injury while in police custody in Baltimore. April 12 marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Freddie Gray. In recognition of his death we revisit "Baltimore Sings the Blues." Pictured, women carry flowers out to the hearse after the funeral for Freddie Gray at the New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore, April 27, 2015.
    Gabriella Demczuk
  • Family and friends mourn the body of Freddie Gray at the New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore, April 27, 2015.
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  • The death of Freddie Gray sparked violent riots throughout Baltimore. Pictured, a boy looks out a bus window at a line of National Guard and police officers in riot gear in the Winchester-Sandtown neighborhood of West Baltimore, May 1, 2015.
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  • A man carries a demonstrator away after a police officer threatens to use pepper spray during days of protests in response to the death of Freddie Gray in the Winchester-Sandtown neighborhood of West Baltimore, April 28, 2015. Peaceful protests followed the riots with demonstrators demanding conviction of the officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray.
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  • A shadow of a woman is cast on the wall of a CVS Pharmacy store that was looted and burned during the riots in the Winchester-Sandtown neighborhood of West Baltimore, April 28, 2015. The company started to rebuild the store over the summer of 2015.
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  • Baltimore police load onto buses in West Baltimore, May 1, 2015. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan activated the National Guard declaring "a state of emergency" after a night of rioting throughout the city.
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  • People from across the city come together to celebrate the news of the charges made against the police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, May 2, 2015. The State Attorney for Baltimore indicted all six officers with criminal charges and declared Gray's death as a homicide. All six officers pleaded not guilty to the charges. In December 2015, police officer William Porter was the first of the six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray and resulted in a mistrial. The rest of the cases have since been postponed.
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  • City Council members watch as demonstrators exit the room during the approval hearing of acting Baltimore City Commissioner Kevin Davis at City Hall in Baltimore, Oct. 19, 2015. Davis was confirmed.
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  • Mecca Verde, 18, stands with other demonstrators of the Black Lives Matter movement at the Inner Harbor protesting the confirmation of Kevin Davis as the new Baltimore City police commissioner in Baltimore, Oct. 19, 2015. Protestors were opposed to his confirmation, arguing that he did not reach out to residents to learn the issues plaguing their community after the riots in April and the steady rise in homicides.
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  • Gabriella Demczuk considers Baltimore her "adopted hometown," as it is the place she has spent most of her life after coming from Europe. Demczuk tells ABC News, "I grew up here and feel a strong attachment to the city. I've felt that Baltimore has been underreported for a long time and has not had the attention it deserves and needs. You drive through some of these blighted communities and you cannot believe that just a short drive down the road is the nation's capital." Pictured, girls walk back from school on an abandoned block of Chase St. in East Baltimore, Oct. 28, 2013.
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  • A woman ties a set of balloons to a tree before the start of a candle light vigil in honor of Kirk Butler who was shot and killed on the sidewalk of his family's house in the east side of Baltimore, Sept. 17, 2015. According to <a href="http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-deadliest-year-20160101-story.html" target="external">The Baltimore Sun</a>, Baltimore experienced one of its deadliest years in 2015 with 344 homicides. The number of homicides skyrocketed in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray.
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  • A boy stands during a candlelight vigil for Kirk Butler, who was shot and killed on the sidewalk of his family's house in Baltimore's east side neighborhood, Sept. 17, 2015. Butler was with his 9-year-old niece who was also shot but survived.
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  • A boy sits on a swing in the Curtis Bay Recreation Center across from the Curtis Bay Coal terminal in Baltimore, July 19, 2014. According to an <a href="http://lae.mit.edu/air-pollution-causes-200000-early-deaths-each-year-in-the-u-s/" target="external">M.I.T report</a> on air pollution in the U.S., researchers found that the "highest emissions-related mortality rate was in Baltimore, where 130 out of every 100,000 residents likely die in a given year due to long-term exposure to air pollution."
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  • Maj. Steven Ward, commander of the Baltimore Police Department's eastern division, answers questions about his uniform, in the east side of Baltimore, Sept. 15, 2015. Since the rioting, Baltimore City police officers have reached out to the community, hoping to establish a more personal connection with the residents they serve and to change the perception of the city's police force.
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  • Maj. Steven Ward, commander of the Baltimore Police Department's eastern division, walks Paula Denise Reynolds, 54, back to her home on the east side of Baltimore, Sept. 15, 2015.
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