Hamburg Kennedy Photographs

Peter Beard

(American, b. 1938)

ahmed, elephant by peter beard

Peter Beard

Ahmed, Elephant

cheetah cubs at mweiga nr nyeri, kenya by peter beard

Peter Beard

Cheetah Cubs at Mweiga nr Nyeri, Kenya, 1968

Biography

Timeline

1938
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.
1950
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.
1955
First trip to Africa.
1957
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.
1960
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
1966
Works with The Nuffield Unit of Tropical Ecology on a population dynamics study of elephants and hippopotamuses
1975
His first exhibit at the Blum Helman Gallery in New York.
1977
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.
1996
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.

Exhibitions

2011
SPECTRAL IMAGING PROJECT, United States National Endowment for the Humanities & the British Academy
2010
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
2009
The Fallern Angels, Watari-Um, Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
2008
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.;
2004
"The Andy Warhol Show," La Triennale di Milano. Milan, Italy.; "Light Bound: Photographers Regard the Book," The Minneapolis Institute of Art. Minneapolis, Minnesota.
2003
"Living Sculpture," Galerie Kamel Mennour. Paris, France. (solo)
2002
"Francis Bacon in Arles, 1956-1985, the Van Gogh series by Francis Bacon," Vincent Van Gogh Foundation. Arles, France.
2001
"Peter Beard: Wild Life," The Andy Warhol Museum. Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. (solo)

Literature

2008
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
2007
Beard, Peter. "Peter Beard, Collector's Edition," Taschen America,
2006
Beard, Peter. "Peter Beard, Art Edition," Taschen America
2004
Beard, Peter. "Zara's Tales: Perilous Escapades in Equatorial Africa," Alfred A. Knopf. New York, New York, USA
2001
Siemens, Jochen, and Peter Beard and Jochen. Peter Beard (Spezial Fotografie #26). Translated by Andrew Craston. Stern Portfolio Library of Photography. Beltz Publishing, Germany
2000
Beard, Peter. "28 Pieces," Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris, France.
1999
Beard, Peter. "Stress & Density," Vienna, Austria
Beard, Peter. "Fifty Year of Portraits," Arena Editions. Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
1998
Beyond the End of the World. Universe Publishing, (A Division of Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.). Milan, Italy