Norbert Ghisoland

Norbert Ghisoland came from the coal-mining region of “Le Borinage”, in Belgium where he opened his shop and studio. He was able to attract a whole crowd of people wanting to be photographed either as individuals or in groups. Not only local miners came by but also middle-class people, military men, clergymen, sportsmen, young and old. Norbert Ghisoland chose the setting and poses of his models, either in a specific decor or in front of a white backdrop, always capturing them in a most positive way.

Ghisoland showed a lot of emotion towards all his models. They either sit or stand with their hands folded or with one hand simply resting on the shoulder of a friend or relative posing next to them, all of them without a trace of a smile on their faces as they come from Le Pays Noir, the local coal-mining area.

Tormented by the pre-war times and worried at the thought of his son being called up in the army, Norbert Ghisoland passed away in 1939 at the age of 61, leaving behind a unique testimony about his fellow people of the coal mining era.

biography

Born in La Bouverie, Belgium in 1878
Died in 1939

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Norbert Ghisoland - Untitled, c. 1920-23
Norbert Ghisoland - Untitled, c. 1920-23
Norbert Ghisoland - Untitled, c. 1925
Norbert Ghisoland - Untitled, c. 1925
Norbert Ghisoland - Untitled, c. 1930
Norbert Ghisoland - Untitled, c. 1930
Norbert Ghisoland - Untitled, c. 1930
Norbert Ghisoland - Untitled, c. 1930
Norbert Ghisoland - Untitled, c. 1925
Norbert Ghisoland - Untitled, c. 1925
Norbert Ghisoland - Untitled, c. 1925
Norbert Ghisoland - Untitled, c. 1925
Norbert Ghisoland - Untitled, c. 1920-23
Norbert Ghisoland - Untitled, c. 1920-23
Norbert Ghisoland - Untitled, c. 1920-22
Norbert Ghisoland - Untitled, c. 1920-22
Norbert Ghisoland - Untitled, c. 1918
Norbert Ghisoland - Untitled, c. 1918