David Allee

David S. Allee (born 1969) is an American artist and photographer.

Allee received an undergraduate degree in economics and government from Cornell University in 1991, and his MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts (2001). Allee is represented by the Morgan Lehman Gallery in Chelsea, New York.


Allee has had five solo exhibitions with the Morgan Lehman Gallery, including Cross Lands (2006), Dark Day (2011), Frame of View (2013), Kill Your Darlings (2014), and Chasing Firefly (2017).

Allee has also had solo exhibitions at Princeton University and the Knoxville Museum of Art, as well as being included in exhibitions at other major institutions such as Foundation Cartier in Paris, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Museum of Modern Art, White Columns, and The Santa Barbara Museum of Art. His work is in the collection of the Library of Congress, The Art Institute of Chicago, Foundation Cartier, The Knoxville Museum of Art, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Tampa Museum of Art, The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, New York University, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Museum 21C, Cornell Fine Arts and many private collectors such as Fidelity, Twitter, Tusk Holdings, Karsch Capital, and the JGS and Ruttenberg Foundations.

Alleeā€™s photographs are focused on the built environment. He is well known for using found available light at night in his work, beginning with White Nights (2000-03) and followed by Cross Lands and, most recently, Chasing Firefly. He has also exhibited and published series of images of the abandoned Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center (2006-10) and the defunct Domino Sugar Refinery in Brooklyn (2013-14).

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