Paris – Eye of the Flâneur

William Albert Allard
24 x 32 cm
240 pages 
119 photos
English, French, German
Hardcover, bound in linen,
"French Fold“-jacket
September 2017

Paris – Eye of the Flâneur

For 31 years William Albert Allard has returned again and again to the City of Light in the true spirit of the flâneur, to wander the streets aimlessly, yet ever alert to moments he might capture in his camera. With superb colour perception, this masterful portraitist and long-time contributor to National Geographic magazine has returned from his strolls with images ranging from fashion models backstage, to a beautiful young café patron lost in thought, to bikini-clad sunbathers in a grassy park in the Marais or lying on the sand of man-made beaches along the Seine. As does a flâneur, Allard has often walked about Paris in pursuit of nothing specific but everything in general. He is known for his meticulous framing of the moment, all the many pieces of a visual puzzle falling gracefully into place. Allard claims he misses far more than he gets, but those he does capture are truly memorable pictures one can cherish, from a city that never stops offering more.

* Leica GALLERY, 
Los Angeles, USA, 5 April – 15 May 2018
* Central DUPON, Paris, France, 29 September – 11 October 2018


William Albert Allard

Son of a Swedish immigrant, photographer and writer William Albert Allard was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1937. He studied at the Minneapolis School of Fine Arts and the University of Minnesota. Beginning in 1964, Allard contributed to National Geographic magazine for 50 years, longer than any other single contributor. A pioneer of colour documentary photography and a superb portraitist, Allard was credited, early in his career, with changing the look of National Geographic through his intimate work on the American subcultures of the Amish of Pennsylvania and the Hutterites of Montana. Allard has previously published six critically acclaimed books. His first, Vanishing Breed, photographs and writing about the American cowboy, published in 1981, was nominated for The American Book Award. Allard lives with his wife Ani and two dogs in Earlysville, Virginia.