Photography

Beard, Peter (1938)

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.

Peter Beard, 965 Elephants, 1976/2006
Peter Beard, 965 Elephants, 1976/2006
Peter Beard, Baby Gorilla, 1984
Peter Beard, Baby Gorilla, 1984
Peter Beard, Elephant Diptych, July 1960
Peter Beard, Elephant Diptych, July 1960
Peter Beard, Serengeti Lion, c.1976
Peter Beard, Serengeti Lion, c.1976
Peter Beard, Lion pride, Southern Serengeti, for the end of the game/ Last word from paradise, 1976/2000
Peter Beard, Lion pride, Southern Serengeti, for the end of the game/ Last word from paradise, 1976/2000
Peter Beard, Ulysses Grant's Definition of History: 'Just one goddamn thing after another', date unknown
Peter Beard, Ulysses Grant's Definition of History: 'Just one goddamn thing after another', date unknown
Peter Beard, Ndutu Lion, 1976/ 2009
Peter Beard, Ndutu Lion, 1976/ 2009
Peter Beard, Bongo, 1972/ 2009
Peter Beard, Bongo, 1972/ 2009
Peter Beard, Needle Nosed Rhino, 1972/ 2008
Peter Beard, Needle Nosed Rhino, 1972/ 2008
Peter Beard, Giraffes and Zebras Panoramic, 1964/ 2008
Peter Beard, Giraffes and Zebras Panoramic, 1964/ 2008
Peter Beard, Three Rhinos, 1966/ 2006
Peter Beard, Three Rhinos, 1966/ 2006
Peter Beard, Carl Sagan's Croc/ Alistair and 14 footer, 1965/ 2008
Peter Beard, Carl Sagan's Croc/ Alistair and 14 footer, 1965/ 2008
Peter Beard, Wings (Vulture), date unknown
Peter Beard, Wings (Vulture), date unknown
Peter Beard, Single Cheetah, 1960/ 2007
Peter Beard, Single Cheetah, 1960/ 2007
Peter Beard, Murmurs from The Earth (Time Capsule)- Croc Measure, 2006
Peter Beard, Murmurs from The Earth (Time Capsule)- Croc Measure, 2006
Peter Beard, Giraffes and Zebras, 2006
Peter Beard, Giraffes and Zebras, 2006
Peter Beard, Jenny and her jewelry, 2005/ 2006
Peter Beard, Jenny and her jewelry, 2005/ 2006
Peter Beard, Elephants Memory, 1972/ 2008
Peter Beard, Elephants Memory, 1972/ 2008
Peter Beard, Twin Elands, 2006
Peter Beard, Twin Elands, 2006
Peter Beard, Kids and Croc (variant), 1968/ 2006
Peter Beard, Kids and Croc (variant), 1968/ 2006
Peter Beard, Elephant reaching for the last branch on a tree, Kenya, 1960/ 1965
Peter Beard, Elephant reaching for the last branch on a tree, Kenya, 1960/ 1965
Peter Beard, Carole Bouquet, 1975
Peter Beard, Carole Bouquet, 1975
Peter Beard, Cheetah Cubs at Mweiga nr Nyeri, Kenya, 1968
Peter Beard, Cheetah Cubs at Mweiga nr Nyeri, Kenya, 1968
Peter Beard, Hyena Pack, 1978
Peter Beard, Hyena Pack, 1978
Peter Beard, Zara Beard in Her Sand Box of Stones, Driftwood Cove, Montauk, 1993
Peter Beard, Zara Beard in Her Sand Box of Stones, Driftwood Cove, Montauk, 1993
Peter Beard, Ele Embryo, Uganda, But Past Who Can Recall or Undo..., 1966
Peter Beard, Ele Embryo, Uganda, But Past Who Can Recall or Undo..., 1966
Peter Beard, Veruschka von Lehndorff and Galo Galo Guyn, Hunting Block 29, Capturing Rhino for 'Starvo' National Park, 1963-1964
Peter Beard, Veruschka von Lehndorff and Galo Galo Guyn, Hunting Block 29, Capturing Rhino for 'Starvo' National Park, 1963-1964
Peter Beard, Iman and Cheetah, 1985
Peter Beard, Iman and Cheetah, 1985
Peter Beard, Ali Hassan, Karen Blixen's Majordom, Nairobi, 1962
Peter Beard, Ali Hassan, Karen Blixen's Majordom, Nairobi, 1962
Peter Beard, Untitled, 1977
Peter Beard, Untitled, 1977
Peter Beard, Elizabeth Taylor, date unknown
Peter Beard, Elizabeth Taylor, date unknown
Peter Beard, Wounded Croc in Mudflats of Alia Bay, Lake Rudolf, 1965
Peter Beard, Wounded Croc in Mudflats of Alia Bay, Lake Rudolf, 1965
Peter Beard, Happy Easter/ Alia Bay Croc Hatchery, Lake Rudolf for Eyelids of Morning, 1965
Peter Beard, Happy Easter/ Alia Bay Croc Hatchery, Lake Rudolf for Eyelids of Morning, 1965
Peter Beard, I'll Write Whenever I Can, Koobi Fora, Lake Rudolf, 1965
Peter Beard, I'll Write Whenever I Can, Koobi Fora, Lake Rudolf, 1965
Peter Beard, Buffalo Springs, Kenya, July, 1960
Peter Beard, Buffalo Springs, Kenya, July, 1960
Peter Beard, Giraffes in Mirage on the Taru Desert, June, 1960
Peter Beard, Giraffes in Mirage on the Taru Desert, June, 1960
Peter Beard, Fayal Tall, 1987/2008
Peter Beard, Fayal Tall, 1987/2008
Peter Beard, Eland Bull and Elephants, Kenya, 1965
Peter Beard, Eland Bull and Elephants, Kenya, 1965
Peter Beard, Elephant, 1965
Peter Beard, Elephant, 1965
Peter Beard, Bianca Jagger, 1972
Peter Beard, Bianca Jagger, 1972
Peter Beard, 965 Elephants, 1976/2006
Peter Beard, 965 Elephants, 1976/2006
Peter Beard, Jackie O., 1971
Peter Beard, Jackie O., 1971
Peter Beard, Tsavo Natl. Park/ For the end of the Game/ Last word from Paradise, 1970s
Peter Beard, Tsavo Natl. Park/ For the end of the Game/ Last word from Paradise, 1970s
Peter Beard, Tsavo before the die off, July 1960
Peter Beard, Tsavo before the die off, July 1960
Peter Beard, Maureen Gallagher and a Late Night Feeder, Hog Ranch, 1987
Peter Beard, Maureen Gallagher and a Late Night Feeder, Hog Ranch, 1987
Peter Beard, Ele in front of Kilimanjaro, 1964
Peter Beard, Ele in front of Kilimanjaro, 1964
Peter Beard, Danielle Luna, July 1977
Peter Beard, Danielle Luna, July 1977
Peter Beard, Francis Bacon in his studio, 1972
Peter Beard, Francis Bacon in his studio, 1972
Peter Beard, Naomi Simms on a Rudolf Croc, 1972
Peter Beard, Naomi Simms on a Rudolf Croc, 1972
Peter Beard, Lion Kill, Nairobi, Kenya, after 1960
Peter Beard, Lion Kill, Nairobi, Kenya, after 1960
Peter Beard, Girl with Chains/Basketwood Diptych, 2006
Peter Beard, Girl with Chains/Basketwood Diptych, 2006
Peter Beard, Francis Bacon on his roof at 80 Narrow Street, London, 1972
Peter Beard, Francis Bacon on his roof at 80 Narrow Street, London, 1972
Peter Beard, Andy Warhol at home with Skull, 1972
Peter Beard, Andy Warhol at home with Skull, 1972
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