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Peter Beard

Jackie O "Photo Lesson Diptych" on the SS. Caroline, Skorpios, Greece

Peter Beard was born in 1938 in Tuxedo, New York.
He currently resides in Kenya at Hog Ranch, and in Montauk, Long Island and
in New York City.

Known for:
African imagery, Diaries, Pop Art, fashion work, and his society connection (Studio 54, Warhol Factory).

Most Popular Images:
"Jackie O "Photo Lesson", Greece"; "I'll Write Whenever I Can";
"Orphaned Cheetah Cubs"; "Three Giraffes on Taru Desert"

Did you know ... ?
• Upon his graduation from Yale, Peter Beard traveled to Africa. Later he would meet Karen Blixen, author of
Out of Africa. Beard was greatly influenced by the book and by Blixen. She encouraged him in the project that became his book "The End of the Game".
• In 1996, Peter Beard was trampled by an elephant. He broke several ribs and his pelvis in the attack, which was captured on film. It was this injury that stopped him moving long enough to organize the exhibition that became "Fifty Years of Portraits"!
• Peter dislikes "perfect" prints, sterile white mats and frames.

"Beauty is the only thing that can save us."
"Stress and density."

General Format:
Various sizes exist, ranging from professional Polaroids to 50" x 70" photographs. Collage elements can include other photographs, bones, snake skin, drawings, and animal blood.

How many photographs exist?
Silver gelatin and C-Print photographs are in unnumbered editions, though Peter Beard has stopped printing certain images. Some photographs are made as Platinum and Iris prints in small numbered editions.

$10,000 - $100,000.

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How are the photographs printed and signed?
Printed under the supervision of the photographer.
Variously signed and inscribed in colored inks and other materials au recto.

Not generally available.

Technical Information:
Peter Beard shoots with various cameras.


Fifty Years of Portraits;
Out of Print, hardback. $550
Fifty Years of Portraits; Out of Print. Signed with initials, double page foot print. $1500.
End of the Game; paperback Sold Out
Peter Beard Limited edition book by Taschen (POR)

Most images are uniquely embellished in ink, blood, and collage elements. If you fall in love with one, get it! It may never exist in quite the same way again.

Price History:
1980: $1,000 - $3,000
1990: $1,500 - $25,000
2003: $1,500 - $100,000

Authenticity is guaranteed. Prices and availability are subject to change without prior notice.



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