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Devin Allen
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Devin Allen

West Baltimore photographer Devin Allen has achieved many accomplishments over the past four years. He joined Under Armour as a staff photographer, traveled to Asia on multiple occasions to photograph NBA star Steph Curry, became the first Gordon Parks Foundation Fellowship recipient and published his debut photography book, "A Beautiful Ghetto," among other things. In May 2015, following the Freddie Gray uprising, Allen became only the third amateur photographer ever to snag the cover of Time

Since gaining national attention, Allen has used his resources to donate more than 400 cameras to young people here in Baltimore, as well as New York and Oakland--all while conducting free workshops where he teaches them how to use the cameras, and how to digest life and convey their emotions through photography.

"I wanna make sure that all my notoriety and the doors that I opened don't shut behind me," he says. "I just wanna create another outlet for these kids to express themselves."

He adds, "It's very important to show the kids that you can be from Baltimore and be extremely successful."

Allen jumped off of the porch in 2019. He showcased his first solo exhibition, "Spaces of the Un-entitled," a mix of photography, installation and performance. He sold prints of his photographs for the first time. He gave a keynote address at the 2019 Gordon Parks Foundation Gala, in front of an audience that included some of Allen's favorite artists: Amy Sherald, Kehinde Wiley and Black Thought.

And he is currently exploring a new medium: painting.

Looking forward, Allen wants to photograph high-end fashion, collaborate with designers and be a part of exclusive series of events such as New York Fashion Week.

"I want to show the world that I can shoot about anything if I put my mind to it. I want to build more installations, more performances, and I want to be known for these things and not just be considered a one-trick pony. People will try to put you in a bubble real quick. But I'm an artist. I don't have a ceiling."

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The New Yorker’s Photo Desk Put Devin Allen in Charge of Their Instagram for Several Days

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Allen posted this image from outside the Gilmor Homes, titled “R.I.P Freddie Gray,” as his final shot last night. Image via The New Yorker/Instagram.

All 512,000 followers of The New Yorker photo desk’s Instagram likely noticed Devin Allen’s iconic photography of the Baltimore Uprising at some point this week.

Smithsonian to Feature Devin Allen’s Photography in Exhibition Opening in May

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“Untitled,” by Devin Allen, via Smithsonian

Devin Allen’s iconic photos of Baltimore are making their way into an exhibition at the Smithsonian’s newest museum.

Devin Allen’s New Photography Book About the 2015 Uprising Comes Out on June 13

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“Untitled,” by Devin Allen

Two years ago, Baltimore photographer Devin Allen became an internationally known name for his raw images capturing the spring 2015 uprising. His newest upcoming book, “A Beautiful Ghetto,” chronicles those fateful days that followed the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.

In “Baltimore Rising,” Artists React to the Civil Unrest of April 2015

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"Untitled," by Devin Allen
“Untitled,” by Devin Allen

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Baltimore’s Devin Allen Puts Success to Good Use

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Time

Devin Allen’s compelling photography from Baltimore’s unrest last April not only earned him an acclaimed Time cover, but it also made him famous

Amateur Baltimore Photog Shoots Best Magazine Cover of the Year

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Time

Before April, few people knew who Baltimore photographer Devin Allen was. Then came April’s unrest, which Allen chronicled with a careful eye and a real affection for the city. One of his candid shots even made the cover of Time–and now that image is being called one of the best magazine covers of 2015.

Baltimore Amateur Photographer Donates Archive to Local Museum

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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.

The Ordinary Baltimoreans Who Unexpectedly Became Famous This Week

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The national media has descended on Baltimore this week, and some local characters have found themselves unexpectedly in the spotlight. 

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