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Peter Beard

(American, b. 1938)

carole bouquet by peter beard

Peter Beard

Carole Bouquet, 1975

fayel tall on lake rudolf at loingalani, el molo bay by peter beard

Peter Beard

Fayel Tall on Lake Rudolf at Loingalani, El Molo Bay, 1987

tayiana by peter beard

Peter Beard

Tayiana, 1990



Born in New York City, raised in New York City, Alabama, and Bayberry Point, Islip, Long Island, Peter Beard kept diaries at an early age.
He took his first pictures and photography quickly evolved into an extension of his diaries, as a way to preserve and remember vacations and favorite things.
First trip to Africa.
Peter entered Yale University as a pre-medical student, but perceiving humans as the main disease soon switched to art history, studying under Vincent Scully, Joseph Albers, and Richard Lindner.
Second trip to Africa, which piqued his interests. In the early 60s he worked at Kenya’s Tsavo National Park, during which time he photographed and documented the demise of over 35,000 elephants and 5000 Black Rhinos and published two The End of the Game books (1965 & 1977).
1966 - 1968
Collaborates with Alistair Graham on crocodile study at Lake Rudolf for Kenya game department; later to become the basis of Eyelids of Morning– The Mingled Destines of Crocodiles and Men
Works with The Nuffield Unit of Tropical Ecology on a population dynamics study of elephants and hippopotamuses
His first exhibit at the Blum Helman Gallery in New York.
First one man show and landmark installation of his photographs, elephant carcasses, burned diaries, taxidermy, African artifacts, books and personal memorabilia at the International Center of Photography in New York City.
Shortly after he was skewered and trampled by an elephant, his first major retrospective opened at the Centre National de la Photographie in Paris, followed by other exhibits in Berlin, London, Toronto, Madrid, Milan, Tokyo and Vienna.


SPECTRAL IMAGING PROJECT, United States National Endowment for the Humanities & the British Academy
Elephant Parade, Somerset House, London, UK
Life as a Legend: Marilyn Monroe, Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL
Group Show, Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL
The Fallern Angels, Watari-Um, Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
Las Implicaciones de la Imagen (The implications of image), MUCA Roma, Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte, Mexico City, Mexico
Afrika - Camera Work, Berlin, Germany
2006 - 2007
"Time’s Up!," Michael Hoppen Gallery. London, United Kingdom. November 29-January 1, 2007.
2004 - 2005
"Living Sculpture," Fahey/Klein Gallery. Los Angeles, California, USA. (solo); "Living Sculpture," Michael Hoppen Gallery. London, United Kingdom.;
"The Andy Warhol Show," La Triennale di Milano. Milan, Italy.; "Light Bound: Photographers Regard the Book," The Minneapolis Institute of Art. Minneapolis, Minnesota.
"Living Sculpture," Galerie Kamel Mennour. Paris, France. (solo)
"Francis Bacon in Arles, 1956-1985, the Van Gogh series by Francis Bacon," Vincent Van Gogh Foundation. Arles, France.
"Peter Beard: Wild Life," The Andy Warhol Museum. Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. (solo)


Beard, Peter. "The End of the Game: The Last Word from Paradise," Taschen. Köln, Germany and London, United Kingdom
Beard, Peter. "Peter Beard, Trade Edition," Taschen America
Beard, Peter. "Peter Beard, Collector's Edition," Taschen America,
Beard, Peter. "Peter Beard, Art Edition," Taschen America
Beard, Peter. "Zara's Tales: Perilous Escapades in Equatorial Africa," Alfred A. Knopf. New York, New York, USA
Siemens, Jochen, and Peter Beard and Jochen. Peter Beard (Spezial Fotografie #26). Translated by Andrew Craston. Stern Portfolio Library of Photography. Beltz Publishing, Germany
Beard, Peter. "28 Pieces," Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris, France.
Beard, Peter. "Stress & Density," Vienna, Austria
Beard, Peter. "Fifty Year of Portraits," Arena Editions. Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Beyond the End of the World. Universe Publishing, (A Division of Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.). Milan, Italy