Local photographer Devin Allen, whose black-and-white images from the uprising after Freddie Gray's death spread across social media, including one that landed on the cover of Time magazine, will have the first solo exhibition of his work at the Reginald F. Lews Museum, from July 10 to Dec. 7, according to a press release.
Titled "Devin Allen: Awakenings, In a New Light," the exhibit will showcase more of Allen's photographs from the protests, some of which have been enlarged to be 20-feet wide. The 27-year-old photographer wheat pasted them on the walls of the museum himself, "in a nod to the street origins of the images," the release states. A prompt will ask visitors to write in "Where were you?" during the date and time a photograph was taken.
Dr. Skipp Sanders, executive director of the museum, quoted in the release said: "Devin, through his poetic and compelling photographs, reveals the complexity of those days with the perspective of someone who grew up in West Baltimore. His part in helping to define the image of our city not only gives us a more holistic understanding of the protests, but the act of self-defining is important in an era where practices like racial profiling impose images upon African Americans and threaten to define their identity for them."
City Paper spoke with Allen about his work and process in May. Read the full interview here.