Allison Minto is a Connecticut-based visual artist. Minto's practice is rooted in photography, community, and field research. Her photography centers African American archives, memory, preservation, and maintenance, and her decision to use archival elements comes from personal experience. Whether digging through her family archives or recognizing the traditional position many Black women in the United States occupy as carriers of generational narratives, Allison attempts to render these experiences visible. Minto also explores ways to bridge her art practice and community. She has produced two collaborative projects in New Haven with emphasis on photography, youth, and education. The first initiative, The Indispensable Project (2018), was designed to mentor and work with Black female identified high school students and provide them with disposable cameras as an allegory to the lack of visibility of black female photographers. The second initiative, Black New Haven Archive: A Collective Memory Project (2021-ongoing), partners with New Haven Black diasporic families to teach them how to preserve their own images, set up new portrait sessions, and record the unique history of their heritage.
Minto holds an MFA in Photography from the Yale School of Art and a BA in Journalism from SUNY Buffalo State College. She has participated in a UnionDocs CoLAB (2020), the Eddie Adams Workshop (2020), and The New York Times Portfolio Review (2019). Minto’s work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States, and has contributed to publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Travel + Leisure magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek magazine, and Connecticut Public Radio (WNPR). Minto is currently a 2021–2022 Happy and Bob Doran Connecticut Artist in Residence, 2021–2022 DocX Archive Lab Fellow at Duke University, and a member of Diversify Photo.
Currently based in New Haven, CT and acknowledges that indigenous peoples and nations, including Mohegan, Mashantucket Pequot, Eastern Pequot, Schaghticoke, Golden Hill Paugussett, Niantic, and the Quinnipiac and other Algonquian speaking peoples, have stewarded through generations the lands and waterways of what is now the state of Connecticut. I honor and respect the enduring relationship that exists between these peoples, nations and this land.