Peter Beard.

Wildlife Chronicles.

A photographer, diarist, collector, collagist, writer, free-spirit. An extraordinary photographer who led an exceptional life.

Artist Peter Beard writing in his journal while his legs are in the mouth of a dead crocodile in Kenya, 1968. Peter used the croc as a prop for some of his photography, then would decorate the images with paint or even his own blood. Some prints have recently sold for $25,000.

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.

Peter Beard. To Henry & Happy Easter
(Mingled destinies of crocodiles and man), Moite Bay, Lake Rudolf, 1965
Maureen Gallagher feeding a giraffe at 02.00am, 1987
Peter Beard, Spitting Cobra in Tsavo, 1960.
Gelatin silver print with blood, collage and ink, 39 ½ × 60 in; 100.3 × 152.4 cm
Janice Dickinson, July 1985
Janice Dickinson and a cheetah 1983
Cliff-side picnic – Peter Beard, Montauk 1970s
Peter Beard Diary
Peter Beard, Self Portrait with his Pet Bush Baby, Kenya, 1968
Originally published in 1965. This landmark work dramatically documents the changing history of African wildlife, focusing on the widespread destruction of the African elephant. Over 300 contemporary and historical photographs as well as dozens of paintings, The End of the Game is a legendary work. It is the story of explorers, missionaries, and big-game hunters whose quests changed the face of Africa forever.

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.

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