Devin Allen, the 26-year-old Baltimore native, captured the nation’s attention with his photographs of the recent unrest in Baltimore. His shots, posted on Instagram, were favorited by Rihanna and Beyonce; he was featured on NPR and MTV; and one of his images was selected for the cover of Time, only the third time the magazine has so featured the work of an amateur photographer.
And as Allen continues to document Baltimore’s re-building efforts, he’s giving back to the community in another way: by donating his archive of protest photography to the city’s Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History & Culture. “My history is here, my ancestors’ history is here,” Allen said, by way of explanation for why he chose the local institution over other options.
The museum, which celebrates its ten-year anniversary this year, will feature a show of Allen’s photographs opening next month.