Jules T. Allen

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Jules Allen
Jules Allen
Born Jules T. Allen
(1947-09-13) September 13, 1947 (age 67)
San Francisco, California
Nationality American
Education MFA, Photography, MS Counseling Psychology, BA, Fine Art
Known for Photography
Official website

Jules Allen (born September 13, 1947) is a photographer[1] 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, and the 2013 publication of "In Your Own Sweet Way," a personal and intimate collection of photographic conversations across the continent of Africa. Exhibited in the U.S. and abroad, as shown in the Permanent Museum Collections & Exhibition listing below, he is the recipient of grants and awards.[citation needed] His photographs are housed in museum collections worldwide.[citation needed] His commercial and corporate work has been seen on covers of national publications such as Business Week, Forbes and Black Enterprise magazines as well as within the Annual Reports of corporate boards and clients within the music industry.[citation needed]


  1. ^ The Black photographers annual. 1980. pp. 88–. 

Permanent collections[edit]


  • Leica Gallery, "Double Up" Solo Exhibition, New York, NY, November 16, 2012 through January 5, 2013
  • Propositions on the Permanent Collection, Group Exhibition, Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, NY, 2009
  • Marching Bands Exhibit, Solo Exhibition, The Jazz Gallery, New York, NY, 2006
  • Photographs: Jules Allen, Solo Exhibition, Institute of African Affairs, NY University, New York, NY, 2006
  • Imagines Havana, Group Exhibition of Latin, Caribbean and U.S. photographers, Santiago/ Havana, Cuba, co-sponsored by Fototeca, Royal Nederland’s Embassy and The Washington Post, 2004
  • African American Masters, American Museum of Natural History, Traveling Exhibition, 2004
  • Americanos, Group Exhibition, Smithsonian Institution, shown in 26 cities; Washington DC, New York, Chicago, San Antonio, Houston, Austin, Los Angeles, Omaha, St. Petersburg, Tucson, Milwaukee, Boston, Charlotte, 2002
  • Life of the City, Group Exhibition, Permanent Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, 2002
  • Committed to the Image, Group Exhibition, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, NY, 2001
  • Harlem, Group Exhibition, Leica Gallery, New York, NY, 2000
  • Black New Yorkers/ Black New York, Group Exhibition, Schomburg Center, New York, NY, 1999
  • Americanos: Latino Life in the United States, Group Exhibition, and Museum of the City of New York, NY, 1999
  • Living for the City, Group Traveling Exhibition, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY, 1997
  • Icon to Narrative: Harlem, Group Exhibition, IRADAC Center, New York, NY, 1998
  • Domestic Abuse Awareness Project, Group Exhibition & Auction, Kent Gallery, New York, NY, 1997
  • Million Man March, Group Exhibition, Del Pryor Galleries, Detroit, MI, 1997
  • Hats and Hat Nots, Solo Exhibition, Drew University, New Jersey, 1995
  • Gesture and Pose, Group Exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, 1994
  • Our Town, Group Exhibition, Burden Gallery, New York, NY, 1993
  • In the Ring, Solo Exhibition, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, NY, 1993
  • Hats and Hat Nots, Solo Exhibition, QCC Art Gallery, CUNY, Bayside, Queens, NY, 1993
  • Public Photographs, Solo Exhibition, 60 Bus Shelters Throughout Harlem], NY, Public Art Fund, New York, NY, 1992
  • Songs of My People, Group Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C., Museum of the City of New York, NY, 1992
  • Fighting Spirit, Solo Exhibition, Delta Axis Arts Center, Memphis, TN, 1992
  • Home, Group Exhibition, De Meervaart Cultural Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1991
  • Two Photographers, Group Exhibition, Geneva, Switzerland, 1991
  • On the Edge, Group Exhibition, Henry Street Settlement House, New York, NY, 1991
  • Mean Streets, Group Exhibition Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, 1991
  • Contemporary Urban Images, Group Exhibition Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, 1990
  • The Knife, Group Exhibition, Agnes B. Gallery, Paris France, 1990
  • Black USA, Group Exhibition, Overhollander Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1990
  • Photography and the Culture Climate, Solo Exhibition, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1989
  • A Little More Towards the Light, Solo Exhibition, Shadow Image Gallery, New York, NY, 1989

Awards & Presentations[edit]

  • QCC Presidential Lecture: Jules T. Allen: Conjure, Light, Forward Momentum BaysidePatch.com, April 2, 2013
  • Excellence in Faculty Scholarship Award, Queensborough Community College, April 20, 2012
  • International Center of Photography, New York Street Stories, Lecture/Seminar, New York, NY, May 11, 2012
  • Southeast Queens Camera Club, Jamaica, NY, Lecture April 17, 2012
  • SOHO Photo Gallery, PhotoGroup Salon, Group Lecture, New York, NY, January 18, 2012
  • Portfolio, "Killens Review of Arts & Letters, Fall/Winter 2010"
  • Lecture, Hatch Billups Artist & Influence, New York, NY, 2009
  • Research & Photography Grant Funding, CETL Grants & Awards City University of New York, NY, 2004–2009
  • Research & Photography Grant Funding, CETL Grants & Awards City University of New York, NY, 2003
  • Imagines Havana, Documentary Photography Panel, Seminar for Latin, Caribbean and US photographers; co-sponsored by The Washington Post and Fototeca, 2003
  • Research & Photography Grant Funding, City University of New York, NY, New York Foundation for the Arts, NY, 1994–99; 2001
  • Award, New York Council of the Arts, & Public Art Fund Presentation; “60 Bus Stop Shelters,” City College of New York, NY, 1992
  • Photography Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts, 1991
  • Panelist, Society for Photographic Education, Santa Fe, NM, 1990
  • Grant, Light Work, Syracuse, NY, 1986
  • Judge, Photography Panel, New York Foundation for the Arts, NY, 1986
  • Fine Arts Panelist, Massachusetts Council on the Arts, Boston, MA, 1986
  • Photography Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY, 1985
  • Award, CAPS, Photography, New York, NY, 1980

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