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    Peter Beard (American, b. 1938)
    Peter Beard at John Palmer's Vermont House During Hallelujah the Hills, 1962
    Gelatin silver with hand coloring, printed later
    4-1/4 x 12-5/8 inches (10.8 x 32.1 cm)
    Signed, titled, and dated in ink in lower margin.

    PROVENANCE:
    The Time is Always Now, New York;
    The Boyd Gallery, Dallas;
    Acquired by the present owner from the above.

    EXHIBITED:
    The Time is Always Now, New York and elsewhere;
    A Gallery for Fine Photography, New Orleans, Louisiana, 'Fifty Years of Portraits,' January 28- May 15, 2000.

    LITERATURE:
    Peter H. Beard and Anthony Haden Guest, Peter Beard: Fifty Years of Portraits, Santa Fe, 1999, illustrated.

    Born in 1938 in New York City and raised in New York City, Alabama, and Bayberry Point, Islip, Long Island, Peter Beard began keeping diaries at an early age. He took his first pictures at twelve, and photography quickly evolved into an extension of his diaries as a way to preserve and remember vacations and favorite things. In 1957 he entered Yale University as a premedical student but soon switched to art history, studying under Vincent Scully, Joseph Albers, and Richard Lindner.

    In 1961, after two visits to Africa, Beard traveled to Denmark to meet Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen), his literary idol. Already a talented photographer at 23, he took remarkable pictures of the 76-year-old author of Out of Africa. From this meeting sprang the landmark of documentary photography, The End of the Game: The Last Word from Paradise, regarded by Nobel laureate Dr. Norman E. Borlaug as 'The only wildlife book I know that tells the truth.' Blixen helped shape the book, which contains Beard's wildlife photographs, his visceral and 'life-thickening' diary entries, and pictures of Blixen's family and friends. During this time Beard acquired Hog Ranch, adjacent to Karen Blixen's farm near the Ngong Hills. Beard has written further works on his African experience: Eyelids of Morning: The Mingled Destinies of Crocodiles and Men; Longing for Darkness; Beyond the End of the World; Peter Beard: Fifty Years of Portraits; Zara's Tales: Perilous Escapades in Equatorial Africa, written for his daughter; and his latest book, Peter Beard, published by Taschen in 2006.

    Beard has been painted by Francis Bacon, painted on by Salvador Dalí, and made diaries with Andy Warhol. He toured with Truman Capote and the Rolling Stones and created books with Jacqueline Onassis. Within Beard's voluminous diaries, he documents with photographs and collages nature's wonder juxtaposed with man's innately destructive behavior. Beauty and demise are laid bare, with facts meticulously recorded by hand in ink and blood. Beard's first major retrospective recently opened at the Centre national de la Photographie in Paris. He now lives in New York City, Montauk Point, and Kenya with his wife, Nejma, and daughter, Zara.


    Condition Report*: Mounted to mat; edges are slightly curling upwards; one approximate 1/8 inch abrasion to the left sheet edge; paper layers are slightly separating at the upper right corner; one approximate 1/2 inch indentations to the lower center margin, most noticeable in raking light, not affecting the image; there do not appear to be any major condition issues to the image. Framed Dimensions 9.5 X 17 Inches
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    June, 2018
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