The May 11 cover of Time magazine, featuring Baltimore photographer Devin Allen’s stark image from the May unrest of an African-American man running in front of a phalanx of armed police officers, has been chosen as one of the 10 top magazine covers for the year by the editors of Time.
“When it come to photojournalism, we chose 27-year-old Devin Allen’s dramatic picture from the Baltimore protests,” Kira Pollack, the magazine’s director of photography and visual enterprise, wrote in an introduction to the selections.
In a July 3 Baltimore Sun article, Paul Moakley, Time’s deputy director of photography, said Allen’s photograph caught on film “the moment when the situation went from being a peaceful protest to riots breaking out, and Devin captured it perfectly.”
Allen had been posting his photographs on Instagram, which is where they came to the attention of Time’s editors. When his image became the cover of the May 11 edition, Allen became only the third nonprofessional photographer to earn that distinction.
Since then, he has had a solo show of his photographs open at the Reginald F. Lewis Musem of Maryland African American History & Culture, which finished its run Monday.
He's also featured in an article Time posted online Wednesday.
Other magazine covers that made the list included the July cover of Vanity Fair, featuring Caitlyn Jenner; the July 27 issue of New York magazine, with a cover photograph of 35 women who have alleged they were sexually abused by comedian Bill Cosby; and the Nov. 19 cover of Rolling Stone, featuring a pensive Adele. Allen’s photo was the only Time cover included on the list.
“I thought it was an OK picture,” Allen says in a blurb running with the top-cover gallery, “but I did not know how powerful it was. I never thought it would become an iconic image.”