A major force at National Geographic and of mainstream photography for 50 years, William Albert Allard has been contributing to National Geographic Society stories and books as a photographer and writer since graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1964. One of color photography’s most celebrated pioneers, he has shot in 30 countries and been published in many major U.S. and European publications, including more than 40 articles with National Geographic. In addition to being a former contributor to Magnum Photos and having his prints appear in private and museum collections, he is the author of six highly acclaimed books, including the award-winning Vanishing Breed, a collection of his photographs and writing about the American West and the cowboy. His latest book, William Albert Allard: Five Decades, a retrospective and memoir, explores his long career in both words and pictures. Among his worldwide exhibits, his one-man show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran, Iran, in 2002, was the first exhibit of an American artist in Iran since 1979. In 1994, he received the Outstanding Achievement by an Alumni Award from the regents of the University of Minnesota.