Allan created documentary images of the recent Black Lives Matter protests in the Orlando area, as well as other social and political protests in the local community. Additionally, the museum produced an oral history of Allan’s life and work. This oral history was a five-hour Q&A session that covered his art, philosophy and other personal observations.
“My motivation for these protest images was a combination of professionalism and social justice camaraderie,” said Allan.
“As a photographer, I have a deep and profound need to produce a visual record of those social and cultural issues that interest me. As a person with a progressive world view, I felt a need to be physically part of the movement.”
Allan, who currently teaches digital photography at Valencia, has worked as a professional photographer for more than four decades. He began his career producing images for national advertising clients in New York City in the 1980s. He also creates fine art photography collected by museums from the 1990s to the present.
“I’ve always used photojournalism as an escape from my other work and another photo/creative way to occupy my mind,” he added.
Besides covering Black Lives Matter protests, which were sparked worldwide after the killing of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, Allan has covered other social movements. In 1972, Allan was the still photographer for a filmed documentary on the women’s movement during the Democratic and Republican Conventions held in Miami that year.
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