A photographer, diarist, collector, collagist, writer, free-spirit. An extraordinary photographer who led an exceptional life.
Peter Beard collaborated with many artists, including Andy Warhol, Andrew Wyeth, Francis Bacon, Karen Blixen, Truman Capote, Richard Lindner, and Salvador Dalí. In addition, he also photographed many other well-known people.
Although he was doing fashion work for Vogue, Africa remained at the heart of his work. More specifically, as a fashion photographer, he took Vogue stars like Veruschka to Africa and brought new ones, most notably Iman. The latter, openly credits him with launching her modeling career back to the U.S. with him. Moreover, the Hog Ranch accomodated guests like the Kennedys, DuPonts and Rockefellers.
However, his work continued to focus on the impact of mankind on wildlife, stirring ecological consciences well before the environment became a prominent issue.
However, on March 31, 2020, Beard wandered away from his Montauk, Long Island home. At the time of his disappearance, he was suffering from dementia and ill health after a stroke. Despite exhaustive searches, he was not found. Lastly, after three days, the case was turned over to detectives in the East Hampton Police Department.
Unfortunately, on April 19, 2020, Beard’s body was found by a hunter, in a densely wooded area in Camp Hero State Park in Montauk Point.