After reading Karen Blixen’s Out of Africa, at seventeen, Peter Beard decided to visit the African continent and thus bought himself an exotic ground six years later. Then began the American photographer’s double existence: that of a fashionable socialite in New York and that of a committed adventurer in Kenya. Close to Andy Warhol and Truman Capote while he hanged out with the world’s greatest models and coolest crowd at the Studio 54 in the 1970s, Peter Beard not only produced iconic pictures of African wildlife but also composed elaborate photo-collage diaries that mingled news clippings, portraits of the fash pack, his New York nightlife, telephone numbers and more…alongside animal blood, his drawings and depictions of his Kenyan estate: a precise patchwork of his heterogeneous existence. Francis Bacon said that Peter Beard’s images carried ‘the print of vanity and the tragedy of life’. The photographer’s work perfectly illustrated who the man was as well as his interest in the relationships of men with nature. He surely did it with the purest honesty because let’s admit it we all wish to protect wildlife but we’re not against enjoying a little party with the Rolling Stones.