William Albert Allard (b.1937) is an American photographer and writer
son of a Swedish immigrant, photographer and writer William Albert
Allard was born in 1937 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He studied at the
Minneapolis School of Fine Arts and the University of Minnesota.
is a photographer of people. One of the few photographers of his
generation whose entire professional body of work is in color, he has
contributed to National Geographic Society publications as a staff,
freelance, and contract photographer and writer since 1964.
the course of his career at National Geographic, Allard has
contributed as a photographer to some 40 National
articles, as well as to a number of National Geographic books. His
stories for the magazine have included "Rodeos: Behind the
Chutes," "Untouchables," "Bohemian Rhapsody,"
"Welcome to Bollywood," "Thailand's Urban Giants,"
and "Hutterite Sojourn." He has also been published in most
major United States and European publications and has photographed
around the world. Allard has published several critically acclaimed
books, including Vanishing
Breed; The Photographic Essay; A Time We Knew: Images of Yesterday in
the Basque Homeland; Time at the Lake: A Minnesota
former contributor to Magnum Photos, Allard's prints appear in many
private and museum collections. Allard divides his time between homes
in Missoula, Montana, and in the foothills of the Blue Ridge
Mountains near Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife, Ani, and
their son Anthony.