Portraits currently displayed at Purple Onion Café 1301 University Ave SE Minneapolis MN. “Her photos convince the viewer of vulnerability through spectacles of gallows humor or black comedy. Whimsical, energetic, revealing, and at times, distraught.” — Spyhouse Café. “Allyn’s photographs are not the kind we typically see here at National Geographic, but they certainly stopped us in our tracks by daring to be different. We love the quirk and the way these made us furrow our brows. They are truly strange, and truly beautiful.” I began shooting an abstract collection of unusual and raw dead pan photographs in 2010. Here is my story.

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 Modern Mona Lisas: the strange, beautiful work of Shanna Allyn.  Her deadpan work showcases natural women amongst jarring, postmodern props.  -The Minnesota Daily.

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“MULTIMEDIA ARTIST SHANNA ALLYN MAKES LADIE’S PRETTY & ODD.”  — Frankie magazine, Australia

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Allyn describes her style as “dead pan, Mona Lisa inspired. Strange but also beautiful.” Each image has a strong composition, lovely light, and some bizarre element that makes my head tilt. Allyn takes common objects like pennies or eggs out of context to create each strangely beautiful portrait. —National Geographic

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