Baltimore, Maryland, United States, North and Central America
May 1, 2015
Don't forget our women are getting killed also :::: We are the protectors & Women are the first teacher to the child need i say more ::: #welovebaltimore :::: #ripfreddirgray #DVNLLN - Devin Allen (@bydvnlln), Instagram, 05/01/2015.
Devin Allen’s images went viral on social media in 2015, when he posted portraits of protests as demonstrations happened on the ground. Online communities quickly shared his images worldwide, and within weeks, Time magazine featured one of Allen’s photographs on its cover. In this image, the photographer documents a demonstrator demanding to be heard, as she reaches for a microphone. The image captures the emotional intensity that Allen often brings to his photography. Like well-crafted Greek tragedies with the epic scale of classic theater and film, Allen’s protagonists are monumental in their humanity. He made history as a prodigy who conquered social media as a democratizing medium. Rather than allow publishers to shape and interpret history, Allen proved that the power of history belongs to the community.
A black-and-white digital photograph by Devin Allen of unidentified women protesting in Baltimore, Maryland. The central figure is a woman named Amanda in a striped V-neck t-shirt with her right arm reaching upward and her hand outstretched. She looks upward and off frame slightly right. Behind her is a woman holding a cell phone while taking photographs or video next to a woman with her right arm raised and a sign in her left hand that is largely out of frame. Other figures largely out of frame surround the women. Raindrops are visible on the clothing and bodies of the people.