Lauren Vied Allen is a visual creative focused on food and travel photography as a means gain a larger understanding of cultural identities. She documents culinary traditions, food, people and the crossroads where they collide to create compelling photographic stories. 

She is the editor and co-founder of The World In A Pocket, where she is committed to exploring the world through the lens of a 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.