Photo Notes: Peter Beard

Peter Beard creation of Jacqueline Onassis
via One Part Gypsy, as above
One of the joys of photography is seeing how others view the world. I recently came across the most amazing...and I really mean, by Peter Beard.  It the 'Art Edition', of which just a few hundred were made. Produced by TASCHEN, it sold for a cool £4500.00 per book. If you have seen the book, you will understand why.

Who is Peter Beard? Where do I begin? Photographer, collector, diarist, writer and more who lived a life in Africa through the 60's and 70's. His love affair with Africa runs deep. He says, Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen), author of Out of Africa,was a great source of inspiration to him.  So much so that he bought a piece of land near hers. He wrote diaries, created collages and took photographs of what moved him. They are not for the faint hearted, his drawings and photography are as moving as they are shocking.
His time in Africa is what I find most fascinating, just as much as the people he befriended... painters, Francis Bacon, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol and the equally famous, Truman Capote, the Rolling Stones, Jacqueline Onassis and Mick Jagger. As a fashion photographer, some will remember his photo spread of Veruschka in Africa.  He also discovered Iman, model and wife of David Bowie.

I put him in my category of 'A Life Well Lived'. 
If I had a secret life to live...this would be it. :)

Photo taken by Peter Beard
via Craig Lawrence

Peter Beard and his daughter Tara via Random House

Peter Beard via On Photography

Peter Beard at work via One Part Gypsy

Peter Beard at work in Africa
via One Part Gypsy, as above

Peter Beard collage

Peter Beard at work in Africa
via On Photography, as above

via On Photography, as above

Where is Peter Beard today?
His website (here) notes
that he lives between New York and Kenya.
I wonder what his photographs of today speak of?
Peter Beard via Mermaid in Madras

images as by Nick Brandt


  1. Very cool post! I'm delighted I stumbled upon your blog. Thanks for the introduction...

  2. Fascinating. I love those pictures of Jackie O!

  3. I have drooled over that book for years! He has always fascinated me.

  4. What a stunning book. I am sure it is amazing to see in person. The photos are spectacular.

  5. The photo of the elephant you have credited to Peter Beard was not taken by him.
    It is by Nick Brandt - - please correct your entry.



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