William Albert Allard

A major force at National Geographic and mainstream photography for almost 50 years, William Albert Allard has contributed to National Geographic Society magazine stories and books as a photographer and writer since 1964. Considered one of color photography’s most celebrated pioneers, Allard is a former contributor to Magnum Photos and his prints appear in private and museum collections. Producing images with a painterly quality—nuanced detail, rich color palettes, and intricate composition—William Albert Allard is as much an artist as he is a photographer.  The son of a Swedish immigrant, Allard grew up in Minnesota, attended the Minneapolis School of Fine Arts and the University of Minnesota from which he graduated in 1964.  In 1994 Allard received the Outstanding Achievement by an Alumni Award from the regents of the University of Minnesota. William Albert Allard is author of six critically acclaimed books, including the award-winning Vanishing Breed, of which Associated Press said, “This is a classic.”  His latest book, WILLIAM ALBERT ALLARD: Five Decades a retrospective and memoir explores his long career in both words and pictures. He shares his time between his homes outside Charlottesville, Virginia, and in Missoula, Montana, with his wife, Ani, their son Anthony, and two dogs, Buster and Lizzy.  Allard has another son, David, and two daughters, Chris, and Terri from a former marriage.