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Selected Press
December 2015
Denver Post Art Critic, Ray Rinaldi/Kim Allen - Denver Public Library Exhibit
 Under 15th St. viaduct at Wynkoop St. looking S.E. 1986
Under 15th Street viaduct at Wynkoop Street, looking southeast     1986

A precise dissection of an urban scene, peopleless...reflections, shadows and light.  A really hot summer day – the shade mellowed the vibe.

 Directly behind Union Station looking N. E. between platforms.
 Directly behind Union Station looking northeast between platforms     1985

This view was directly under the 16th Street Viaduct.  The light hanging down in the center is from the viaduct.  I used a 50mm lens and leaned it down enough to include the 20th Street Viaduct and the end of platforms converging. 

The two images above are included in the Denver Post's review of our exhibit, "Kim Allen Photographic Retrospective" at the Denver Public Library by art critic Ray Rinaldi.

Ray is busy.  He asked me if I had another image similar to the one in our press release. 

I sent him four.  The "image" of my press release was "fluctuating"...

Nice.  A Plan. 

Ray respects photography.  Jim Kroll at the Denver Public Library respects photography. 

There are hundreds of great artists in photos have a turn. nailed it. 

A wise and hip man...
Read the review

July 2015
Hyperallergic and Westword reviews
 From Speer Blvd north onto 1400 block of Delgany St, Denver, CO 1989
From Speer Boulevard north onto 1400 block of Delgany Street     1989 

The above photograph illustrates 1 of 12 images of mine, featured in the exhibit NOW? NOW! at MCA Denver until August 31, 2015, as part of the Biennial of the Americas 2015 celebration and events.

Below are two short compliments about my photographic work. 

July 20, 2015

Article in Hyperallergic by Jeremy Polacek discusses the overall vibe and art of the Biennial of the Americas celebration events. 

Jeremy gives me a shout out for my definitive chronicle work of straight forward photographic documentation included in the MCA Denver exhibit - NOW? NOW! 

July 23, 2015

Excerpts from article "Biennial Time" article by Westword art critic Michael Paglia...

The exhibit NOW? NOW! at MCA Denver, as part of the Biennial of the Americas events, features 31 international artists. 

Mr. Paglia  writes:  "It's Denver's urban renewal that interests Kim Allen, who photographed the downtown areas that were leveled when the viaducts were removed.  His black and white images are some of the most beautiful works in the show."  

Thank you Mr Polacek and Mr. Paglia.

September 26, 2014
PRESS  Denver Post Newspaper

"Late-season at midsummer"
- Ray Rinaldi, Denver Post Fine Arts Critic

On exhibit now at The Thirsty Lion, Denver
From 16th Street Viaduct, looking northwest at Union Station     1989

We are on a roll.  Got to be good to have a professional Fine Art Critic recommend that the community visit and absorb an artist's presentation.

We work very hard at Denver Photo Archives to offer excellent images, educational text and outstanding exhibitions. Our work is the real deal, we work hard to be a part of the community;  our reputation is to take care of business.

Ray Mark Rinaldi has appreciated and respected my work for many years. He knows his subject matter very well, and is visible and active in the community. He works extremely hard as an insightful and well educated conduit to connect us with various art mediums.

Thank you Ray!

Our show was a large success—a ton of work by many individuals. We offered some fine images; you responded with many, many sales. In the end, these images become a part of you.  When someone or a company invites us into their location via a purchase...well, it honestly is an honor. My client becomes part of that image; they are honestly part of my print. Give yourself a pat on the back.  You value our work, you made it happen.

September 12, 2014
Westword Magazine
Photo Finish by Patricia Calhoun

Below 15th Street Viaduct, looking north down Wynkoop Street     1986
Below 15th Street Viaduct, looking north down Wynkoop Street     1986

Westword has been around, seen it all baby ... Patricia Calhoun and her Westword staff have serious street cred.  Serious street cred!

Westward started their offices in lower downtown back in the early 1980's.  Patricia Calhoun knows more people in Denver, from bottom feeders to top feeders, than anyone in the city! 

I am probably closer to the bottom feeder group ... proudly.

So Denver Retrospective 1985 - 1995
Photographs by Kim Allen
Photo Finish by Patricia Calhoun

April 23, 2014
Denver Post Newspaper

A shout out to William Porter of the Denver Post for writing about the new Thirsty Lion Gastropub and Grill opening in Denver. 

The Thirsty Lion Gastropub and Grill is featuring four of my images for their first Denver location.  Thank you. 

These two images below are teasers;  you  have to visit the Thirsty Lion in person to enjoy their new establishment and view all my work. 

         On exhibit now at The Thirsty Lion, Denver


Located on the 16th Street Mall and Wynkoop Street, the 8,000 square foot layout is impressive!  An unbelievable amount of hard work and financial resources are to be commended in opening the Thirsty Lion. 

People responsible are Keith Castro, John Plew, Russ Teising, Wes Cural, and Joshua Kahl. 

Please visit the Thirsty Lion Gastropub and Grill, located at 1605 Wynkoop Street. 

I invite you to their website

October 23, 2013
PRESS  Westword Magazine

"The Wynkoop is now 25 -- but what would Denver look like had it never been born?"
- Patricia Calhoun, Editor

Wynkoop Brewing Company, 18th Street & Wynkoop Street     1988


September 20, 2013
PRESS  Denver Post Newspaper

"Denver's LoDo Neighborhood in pictures - before it was a hot spot"
- Ray Rinaldi, Denver Post Art Critic

Delgany Street & 15th Street, Denver, CO by Kim Allen, Photographer
Daniels and Fisher Warehouse No. 2 at 1422 Delgany Street     1986

Ray Rinaldi has graciously written about my photographs of Lower Downtown Denver in the 1980's.

GroundSwell Gallery is hosting "Delgany Street and 15th Street" images of that exact location, as well as the surrounding immediate area, through October 8th, 2013.  

Presenting a professional art exhibition is extremely demanding. 

Many, many, many people are involved; it is extremely complex. 

A huge thank you to Rebecca Peebles and Danette Montoya as curators.

Mario Zoots for his "Music Effects"

Janet James, my webmaster

Eric Edmondson, my photographic printer

Candice Connally, my dear wife. 

Please visit GroundSwell Gallery at 3121 E. Colfax Ave. 303 309-0078


September 13, 2013
PRESS  Westword Magazine
"A bright spot of art when you least expect it."
- by Susan Froyd, Arts and Culture Editor

Daniels & Fisher Warehouse No. 2   Denver, CO  1986
Daniels and  Fisher Warehouse No. 2 at 1422 Delgany Street     1986

January 9, 2011
PRESS  The New York Times Magazine
"The John Hickenlooper Exception" -by Frank Bruni

Some of the founders of the Wynkoop brewing Company
From left:  John Hickenlooper, Jerry Williams, Mark Schiffler and Russell Scherer      1988

January 12, 2011
PRESS  Westword Magazine
Interview and photo work of Kim Allen by Patricia Calhoun, her LoDo memories, Kenny Be's observations in cartoon style.

Some of the founders of the Wynkoop Brewing Company
From left:  John Hickenlooper, Jerry Williams, Mark Schiffler and Russell Scherer     1988

Looking Southeast.  Renovation of the Wynkoop Brewing Company
Wynkoop Street and 18th Street     1988

January 6, 2011
9 News article on Governor John Hickenlooper including my photo below.
JANUARY 5, 2011
PRESS  The Denver Post Newspaper
"Mr. Beer"- Wynkoop brew toasts beer-loving gov.-elect Hickenlooper
-  by Dick Kreck:  His article. My image

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