Devin Allen

Devin Allen

Devin Allen is a self-taught artist who gained national attention when his photograph of the Baltimore Uprising was published on the cover of TIME in May 2015. A native of Baltimore, Devin achieved a rare feat as only the third amateur photographer TIME selected to feature on its cover.

In 2017, he was named the first fellow of the Gordon Parks Foundation Fellowship and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award as a debut author for his book, A Beautiful Ghetto (Haymarket Books).

Devin was chosen to serve as a 2020 Ambassador for Leica Camera AG; and following the untimely deaths of George Floyd, Tony McDade, and Breonna Taylor, TIME once again acknowledged and honored Devin’s artistry by selecting one of his images from a Black Trans Lives Matter protest to grace the cover of their June 2020 issue.

Devin’s powerful imagery of Black life has been featured in New York Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Aperture.

His photography is also featured in permanent collections at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, the Jule Collins Smith Museum, and The Studio Museum in Harlem.

His new book—No Justice, No Peace: From the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter—was released in October 2022.

Archive Exhibitions Featuring Devin Allen

A Beautiful Ghetto

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 1
 archive : 2021

Devin Allen asks us to see beyond the violence and poverty that all too often defines the “ghetto.”

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Devin Allen

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2015

Presented by TIME LightBox, the retrospective of Devin Allen’s work looks back to the pivotal events of April 2015 and to the future of Baltimore – the kids that are growing up in a town, state and country that still needs to address deep-rooted issues of inequality.

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Archive Sessions and Events Featuring Devin Allen

Jun 42023

A Picture of Resilience

In this engaging and interactive talk, Devin Allen will delve into the processes behind his work, share personal stories that fuel his passion for photography, and discuss how his images capture the power and spirit of resilience.

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Oct 102021

Beyond The Music With Young Guru & Devin Allen

Immerse yourself in the world of hip-hop, through and beyond the lens of a Leica with Grammy-winning engineer and photographer Young Guru

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Oct 42020

Redeveloping Our Narrative Through the Photographic Lens With Ruddy Roye and Devin Allen

Explore today’s important conversations and the moments in between at each focal point. Acclaimed documentary photographers, Ruddy Roye and Devin Allen give us their unique perspectives and the backstory on capturing the shot.

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