Norbert GHISOLAND was born on 17th March 1878 in La Bouverie, a village situated in a coal mining area of South West Belgium, called Le Borinage.
Norbert’s father is himself a coal miner. He strives hard to assure his children a better fate than his own. He would like his elder son to become a photographer and therefore works hard to acquire the requested equipment.
Unfortunately that son dies accidentally. Norbert, the younger son, who was initially to become a joiner, inherits the whole photography material.
After three years of apprenticeship spent at Gallardé’s, a well-established photographer in Mons, the chief town of the province, Norbert himself finally becomes a photographer by trade.
In 1902 he settles down with his family in a house in Frameries, at only a stone’s throw from his birthplace. That is where he then opens a shop and a studio and soon starts using his large darkroom camera, working by natural light under a glass roof.
Tormented by the convulsive turmoils of pre-war times and deeply worried at the thought of his son being called up in the army Norbert GHISOLAND passes away on 2nd November 1939 at the age of 61, leaving behind a both unique and poignant testimony about his contemporary fellow people of the coal mining era.
In 1945, after returning home from the war, Norbert’s son, Edmond Ghisoland, reopens the studio.
And since the death of Edmond, in 1969, Marc, Norbert Ghisoland grandson continues working in that same studio
Conception — Marc Ghuisoland, Président de la Fondation Norbert Ghisoland