Lauren V. Allen is a visual creative focused on food, travel + culture photography who also loves to immerse herself in video + virtual reality. She is a perpetual lover + student of traditions, edibles, people and the crossroads where they collide to create a visual story. 

She is the editor + co-founder of The World In A Pocket, where she tells stories of cultural identity through the lens of a pocket food, or dumpling. Her work has appeared in Bon AppetitShort Stack Editions, Eater, Extra CrispyTexas MonthlyThe Local Palate,  Bit & Grain,  Incipient VR + Duke Kunshan University. She has won awards from SXSWCPOY, and UNC's 37th Frame in addition to attending Mountain Workshops and the Carolina Photojournalism Workshop. She also leads photography workshops at School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and The Daily Tar Heel. She is a proud UNC + Daily Tar Heel alumna. 

Lauren is currently based out of Durham, North Carolina.