William Albert Allard: Five Decades :: December 2, 2010 – January 8, 2011

Update: The New York Times has a great piece on William Albert Allard here.

National Geographic and Steven Kasher Gallery are pleased to announce an exhibition featuring one of National Geographic’s most celebrated photographers, William Albert Allard. William Albert Allard: Five Decades features more than 30 large-scale color photographs and a selection of unique Polaroids from the artist’s almost 50-year career. Accompanying the exhibition is the release of the publication William Albert Allard, Five Decades: A Retrospective (Focal Point, 2010). The book is part memoir and part retrospective, documenting Allard’s career as a photographer and writer.
William Albert Allard’s work has moved millions of National Geographic magazine readers for nearly five decades. He is the colorist and dramatist that National Geographic photographers esteem the most as a pioneer and peerless innovator of natural, expressive color.

Allard is Manet with Kodachrome, wielding slashing strokes of blood red and bull-hide black. Allard is Hemingway with a Leica, crafting complex tales of matadors and cowboys, of fishermen and farmers. His characters struggle, but they do so with dignity and grace. They attend to the ceremony of their own survival alone, but in touch with sympathetic others. William Albert Allard could be the greatest photographer you’ve never heard of.

Limited-edition fine art prints of exhibition photographs will be available for purchase.