The Baltimore native spoke with Fusion and said that he's lived in the city his entire life and sees both the good and the bad -- his photos reflect that. While many of his images feature protesters, a number showcase the police and military in a less hostile light.
"I had some bad experiences but I know a lot of good cops," Allen told Fusion. "I had some friends who were police, police that go to my church, I used to live next door to a police [officer], so it's some good ones out here."
Allen plans to continue covering the events in Baltimore, but now no one will consider him an amateur.
See more of his work in the gallery below:
Time Baltimore protest cover - Freddie Gray Devin Allen
Aspiring Baltimore photographer makes Time magazine with poignant photo
TIME’s new cover: The Roots of Baltimore's Riot. The city’s eruption follows decades of systemic failure. Photograph by Devin Allen (@bydvnlln)
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