2014 was a year of anger and sadness in Baltimore. Hundreds took the streets to protest everything from a proposed pipeline to police brutality to union rights, marching and carrying signs with various messages directed at those in power. We saw the iconic Morris A. Mechanic Theatre come down and homeless people "swept" from under the I-83 overpass. But with all the anger and sadness came fun, too, with dozens of local performers jamming at the new Fields Festival and Maryland "celebrity" chef Bryan Voltaggio opening his first Charm City eatery at Power Plant Live. We were devastated by the passing of City Paper photographer Sam Holden, but took heart at the rise of a new crop of young photographers that would come to define our style throughout the year. With this inaugural issue of the Year in Photos, we share with you some of the work that made 2014 truly memorable.
By J.M. Giordano, Baltimore City Paper