JULES T. ALLEN – PHOTOGRAPHER
Jules Allen (born September 13, 1947) is a photographer and a tenured professor in the Art & Photography Department of Queensboro Community College, City University of New York, where he has taught for two decades. He was born in San Francisco, California.
He shares the belief of photographer Diane Arbus, who states, “the more specific a thing is, the more general.” The artist, Danny Dawson has said, “Allen has a “keen eye for the obvious” in his lifelong work evocative of the contemporary black experience. His images place subjects drawn from the richness of black life within universal paradigms. They have inspired collaborations with journalists, visual artists, musicians, playwrights, poets, filmmakers.
Allen’s books include Hats and HatNots, Black Bodies and 2011 publication on boxing life in New York City’s Gleason’s Gym, Double Up: Photographs by Jules Allen, as well as current work on Marching Bands, Rhythmology and Veils & Masks. Widely exhibited in the U.S. and abroad, as shown in the Permanent Museum Collections & Exhibition listing below, he is the recipient of numerous grants and awards. His photographs are housed in museum collections worldwide. His extensive commercial and corporate work has been seen on covers of many national publications such as Business Week, Forbes and Black Enterprise magazines as well as within the Annual Reports of numerous corporate boards and distinguished clients within the music industry.