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Baltimore photographer's work lands cover of TIME Magazine

Posted at 4:02 PM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 18:15:35-04

BALTIMORE — A West Baltimore photographer's work is once again being featured on the cover of TIME Magazine.

Devin Allen's photograph shows people laying in the street during last week's Black Trans Lives Matter Protest in Baltimore City.

"My biggest thing," said Allen. "If we say black lives matter, I’m coming to every protest. My biggest thing as an artist, as a black artist, I have to reflect the times that surround me."

Allen said this protest for the LGBTQ community stood out.

"I felt as a straight black man, I needed to be there and show my support because at the end of the day when it comes to black trans lives, they are left out of the equation. I know that because it is said by them, hence them having to do their own protest to be heard. A black trans man just died in police custody and his name is not being chanted with George Floyd and Breonna Taylor."

As WMAR-2 News has reported the LGBTQ protested and held a candlelight vigil last week for Tony McDade who died in police custody in Florida.

Allen is no stranger to photographing protests. In 2015, his work from the Freddie Gray riots were picked up by TIME Magazine. The picture selected showed the city's unrest during the protests.

Self-taught, Allen says it's a privilege to photograph his hometown.

"I’m from the hood," he said. "I’m from West Baltimore, born and raised and you can hear me loud and clear from my work."