as part of my bi-annual flash sale, i am offering this signed 6” x 9” image on a 9” x 11” paper at $100 for a three week period. visit @williamalbertallard and click on the link in my profile to purchase a signed print.
lancaster county, pennsylvania 1964
the portrait of the fragile but seemingly unafraid little girl seen alongside the heads of two enormous draft horses was published in the august, 1964 issue of national geographic in my essay on the amish of lancaster county, pennsylvania. the child was with her father who was working in his fields. at some point in the afternoon she was standing in the back of a farm wagon, the horses, unhitched, were about to be led to the barn and for a moment they provided the background for her profile. her blouse appears worn, perhaps a bit dirty from childish play, and its pale blue color seems to echo the softness in the child’s light complexion and wispy, blond hair. photographing the amish was the beginning of my photographic depiction of several subcultures in my country and elsewhere during the 1960’s. my essays on the amish in 1964, the basques of france and spain in 1968, and the hutterites of montana in 1969, all dealt with the lives of people living in a culture all their own.
Sunrise on the rita blanca national grasslands | photo by @salvarezphoto (stephen alvarez)
i’m excited to announce a photography workshop at chico basin ranch in colorado may 19-24. details below
photography workshop with stephen alvarez ranchlands camp, chico basin ranch, colorado may 19-24
this spring 2019, stephen will lead an immersive photography workshop at chico basin ranch. spend a week exploring photography, wildlife and the subtle landscape of the high prairie. the workshop will be a deep dive into ways of seeing the lifecycle of an 87,000 acre working ranch. discover and hone your vision through tailored assignments, group and individual image reviews all while basking in the tranquility and hospitality of chico basin ranch.
cost: $2,995 pp includes all meals, activities, and private furnished tent. for details or to book contact email@example.com
Photo by @irablockphoto // a view of downtown manhattan and one world trade center from governors island. the tents on governors island are the @collectiveretreats , an area where people can have a luxurious camping experience – glamping. you can go to sleep at night seeing the stars, and wakeup in the morning with views of the statue and liberty and lower manhattan.
Photo by @andyparkinsonphoto / kamchatka bear close up – it’s been almost a month now since i last posted a close up of one of my favourite bears, it’s old snaggletooth himself, toothy! this lovely bear came and settled down quite close to where we were sitting quietly and though he could not have posed any better he was to say the least a bit of a fidgety wriggler. he couldn’t quite seem to find the perfect pose in which to relax and so, fortunately for me, he decided to run through a whole range of different poses, all on the same rock and all about 5 feet from where i sat. during my time in russia i must admit that i developed something of a foot fetish, a passion for paws if you will and i never tired of trying to crowbar them into my images. they were just so magnificent, so compelling that i did become a little obsessed, even fixated on them as they just seemed to anchor so many images, their presence often being the make or break between a mediocre or a strong image. here, even though the paw does look a little clumsy and awkward toothy has managed to use it to frame his face quite nicely and whilst i would never actively seek to include drool in my images i can forgive him this momentary salivation. you might think that as he was looking directly at me that he was contemplating the prospect of a different kind of meal, something a little larger and perhaps more substantial. however, underneath the layers of clothing he would have been most disappointed to have found only my spindly chicken legs, cursed as i have been by my defective maternal genes they’d be little more than a toothpick to this mighty bear. toothy knew better i feel and given the choice between another wet fish or enduring my girlish screams he chose wisely and continued with his vogue-ish posing. he is indeed a mighty fine bear. if you fancy joining me next july to come and meet toothy the just hit the link in my bio for the trip-of-a-lifetime! please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto
Photo by @shonephoto (robbie shone) // upon entering scoresbysund, thick sea fog surrounded the coast of greenland and hampered our view of ittoqqortoormiit. everyone was on deck watching out for icebergs. apparently you can smell them! well that’s what andre (11yr), the eldest boy of the schwörer family told me, seen here standing alert at the bow of the boat. every so often andre would shout out “iceberg two o’clock” or “iceberg ten o’clock” and point with his arm in the direction of the iceberg. the eerie silence and the fog made it feel like a colder version of pirates of the caribbean. @greenland_caves#eagre18
Photo by @randyolson // the recent news about musicians swaying politics, rappers in the white house and tortured/killed opposition voices reminds me of bobi wine. bobi is the self-proclaimed “ghetto president” of uganda and is popular for both music and free speech… which can be powerful (and dangerous) in any place with dictators. when i met bobi in 2010 for an @natgeo story. i followed him through kampala and he was hugely popular… everyone stopped him on the streets… his music resonated with young people… half of uganda was under the age of 15. he was considering running for parliament. he was elected mp in 2017. he ran on lyrics like this: “when our leaders have become misleaders and mentors have become tormentors. when freedom of expression becomes the target of oppression, opposition becomes our position.” he was subsequently charged with treason and tortured. he’s recently returned to uganda after receiving medical treatment in usa for injuries suffered while imprisoned. to read about his fight against museveni… search bbc, bobi wine, torture. #bobiwine#freedomofspeech#dictators@natgeo creative @thephotosociety#uganda
Photograph by george steinmetz @geosteinmetz aerial view of the southern portion of the south lake of the dead sea, where waters stained brown with potassium sulfite cascade from one evaporation pond to another on their way to the potash plant of the dead sea works in israel. the dead sea works' primary product is potash used as a component in agricultural fertilizer.
Photo by @joemcnallyphoto. fall has officially arrived in #nyc and the air has cleared out from the summer dog days of august. heading out this week to historic #ellisisland this week. i shot the restoration of the island for @natgeo as it metamorphosed from a ruined hulk in the harbor into a preeminent national monument in the late 80’s. shot from the air with a 617 panorama style camera on 120 film, early morning, ny harbor. #harbor#panorama#history#aerialphotography#nyc#newyork
Photo by @randyolson // soft drink delivery arrives in plastic waste sorting area of baseco slums in manila, philippines. "coca-cola led all companies in global plastic pollution, while nestlé claimed the dubious honor of being the worst plastic polluter in the united states, according to ngo break free from plastic, whose member organizations collected data from 239 cleanups and brand audits worldwide to determine which corporations' trash most often washed up on beaches or clogged waterways. the movement says nearly 1,300 groups have joined the cause demanding massive reductions in single-use plastic.” from story on sfgate.com #plasticorplanet#plasticwaste#plastic@natgeocreative@thephotosociety