© William Albert Allard, Self-portrait, Wyoming, 1971
William Albert Allard
The son of a Swedish immigrant, William Albert Allard grew up in Minnesota, attended the Minneapolis School of Fine Arts and the University of Minnesota from which he graduated in 1964. Allard contributed to National Geographic Society magazine as a photographer/writer for fifty years, longer than any other contributor in the history of the magazine. He has published seven books, his latest, Paris-Eye of the Flaneur is a 31-year retrospective of his love for that city. Producing images with a painterly quality—nuanced detail, rich color palettes, and intricate composition, Allard is as much an artist as he is a photographer.He is the 2021 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award given annually by The Photo Society, a group of photographers who have contributed to the National Geographic Magazine.