Publications
+ Peter Beard 2013
***AVAILABLE NOW***
First published in two volumes as a TASCHEN limited collector’s edition — now available in a new one-volume popular hardcover edition!
Peter Beard’s most important collages are included, along with hundreds of smaller-scale works and diaries, magnified to show every detail—from Beard’s meticulous handwriting and old-masters-inspired drawings to stones and bones and bits of animals pasted to the page.
Hardcover, 10 x 12 x 2 inches, 706 pages, Multilingual Edition: English, French, German. ISBN-10: 3836530880, ISBN-13: 978-3836530880
+ 2010 Peter Beard Wall Calendar 2010
© 2009 TASCHEN GmbH All Beard works © Peter Beard. Used by permission. 13.4 x 19.3 inches (34 x 49 cm) 12 calendar pages, 12 illustrations ISBN 978-3-8365-1671-6
The 2010 Wall Calendar presents a distinctive collection of images of the artist’s work as seen in his diary pages, portraiture, and fashion photography.
+ 2010 Peter Beard Deluxe Calendar (desk diary) 2010
© 2009 TASCHEN GmbH All Beard works © Peter Beard. Used by permission 6.9 x 8.7 inches (17.4 x 22cm) 128 Pages, 58 illustrations ISBN 978-3-8365-1659-4
A personal collection of Peter Beard’s iconographic works from the intimacy of his own diary pages to his major constructs of striking images overlaid with historic collage, found objects, ink drawing, and salient writings. This diary presents a variety of images of his personal encounters with people, places, personalities through time and space ---- created as only Beard can do.
+ 2009 Pirelli Calendar 2009
From Pirelli: “The calendar distribution is not in anyway linked to commercial strategies, therefore it is not on sale.”
The final result is a calendar/ diary that Peter Beard describes as “living sculpture”. The 56 plates of the new calendar are a rich collage of images, quotations, and observations by the artist on the environment, climate change and global warming, over population, human emissions and selfish depletion of natural resources. “My concern is the destruction of nature on a global scale. We are the enemies of nature, killing with kindness is our middle name. From Walt Disney to runaway sentimentality—especially at fundraising time – hug the babies. We’ve lost track of our position on space-ship earth. Even Darwin has been swept under the rug. Understanding basic biology, zoology, natural history and Diversity in nature spells the very foundation of our future survival and quality of life through intelligent management not always featuring human greed, irresponsible breeding and over all selfishness.”
The Secretary-General of the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Mr. Willem Wijnstekers, congratulated Pirelli for dedicating its 2009 calendar to the theme of wildlife and our puncheon for domestic compromises, stress and density related illnesses (shared with elephant over-populations eating-up all the trees):
"We share Peter Beard's desire to mobilize public opinion around respect for wildlife and appreciate the beautiful images Pirelli has featured. This is why we have asked the company to cooperate in developing other positive messages linked to CITES conservation initiatives. We expect that this highly aesthetic Calendar will appeal to other companies as well as philanthropic citizens to support our activities."
+ The End of the Game 2008
A landmark book on Africa revisited
The End of the Game: The Last Word from Paradise Hardcover, 24.5 x 27.2 cm (9.6 x 10.7 in.), 288 pages
Editions: ISBN 978-3-8365-0530-7 (04/2008 English) ISBN 978-3-8365-0533-8 (04/2008 French) ISBN 978-3-8365-0531-4 (04/2008 German) ISBN 978-3-8365-0532-1 (04/2008 Spanish) 15 May 2008 available in Europe in French, Italian and German 15 June 2008 available in the United States and Asia
Researched, photographed, and compiled over 20 years, Peter Beard's End of the Game tells the tale of the explorers, missionaries, and big-game hunters whose quests for adventure and "progress" were to change the face of Africa in the 19th and 20th century. This landmark volume is assembled from hundreds of historical photographs and writings, starting with the building of the Mombasa Railroad ("The Lunatic Line") and the opening-up of darkest Africa. The stories behind the heroic figures in Beard's work—Theodore Roosevelt, Frederick Courtney Selous, Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen), Denys Finch-Hatton (the romantic hero of Out of Africa), Philip Percival, J. A. Hunter, Ernest Hemingway, and J. H. Patterson (famous for hunting down "Man-Eating Lions of Tsavo")—are all contextualized by Beard's own photographs of the enormous region. Shot in the 1960s and '70s in the Tsavo lowlands during the elephant-habitat crisis and then in Uganda parks, Beard’s studies of elephant and hippo population dynamics document the inevitable overpopulation and starvation of tens of thousands of elephants and rhinos in a wasteland of eaten trees.
Originally published in 1965 and updated in 1977, this classic is resurrected by TASCHEN with rich duotone reproduction and a new foreword by internationally renowned travel writer Paul Theroux.
+ Peter Beard 2008
Trade Edition
Hardcover, slipcase 8-1/2 x 12-2/5 inches, 784 pages
Two Multilingual Editions: German, French, English ISBN: 978-3-8365-0877-3 Italian, Spanish, Portuguese ISBN: 978-3-8365-0878-0
Special features:
* Two volumes in a cloth slipcase * Volume 1 (PB1): 200 pages of diaries and 294 pages of collages + 5 fold-outs; original essay by photo critic Owen Edwards. Nearly all the diaries and collages from the original book are included, plus two new collages finished in 2007. * Volume 2 (PB2): Image index with captions for all pictures from Volume 1, personal photos and early work of the artist, interview with the artist by Steven M. L. Aronson, a reprint of Beard’s 1993 handwritten essay on photography. With extensive bibliography, filmography, and a list of exhibitions.
Originally published in 2006 in TASCHEN's Collector's Edition series, the book sold out instantly upon publication.
+ Peter Beard 2006
Collector’s Edition
No. 1-250 ISBN# 1 – 125: 978-3-8228-2564-8 ISBN# 126 – 250: 978-3-8228-3829-
Limited to 250 individually numbered copies, each signed by Peter Beard
Accompanied by one of two gelatin-silver prints, each in a numbered edition of 125, signed by the artist, and authenticated with a stamp on the back of the photograph from the Peter Beard Studio
Sumptuous leather cover
Each Collector’s Edition copy is packed in a custom-built art shipping crate.
+ Peter Beard 2006
Art Edition
No. 251-2,500 ISBN: 978-3-8228-2606-5
Limited to 2,250 individually numbered copies, each signed by Peter Beard
Finished in Regina book cloth, with a leather spine and corners
Comes in a clamshell box
+ Peter Beard 2006
Spilling out over the pages of this massive tome, Peter Beard's collages are reproduced as a group for the first time at the size they have always meant to be seen, many of them as foldouts. Hundreds of smaller-scale works and diaries fill the remaining spreads—magnified to show every detail, from Beard’s meticulous handwriting and Old-Master-inspired drawings to stones and bones and bits of animals pasted to the page. Available in both Art and Collector’s editions, this opulent and beautifully crafted limited edition—complete with wooden stand—is a work of art in itself.
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+ Zara's Tales : From Hog Ranch 2004
Perilous Escapades in Equatorial Africa
by PETER BEARD ISBN: 0-679-42659-0
Zara's Tales is an intricately woven series of eleven irresistible stories told to Peter Beard's daughter, Zara, about his adventures in Kenya. His tales capture the essence of East Africa, bringing to life a cast of characters, including a 300-pound warthog named Thaka, who lived near his encampment. Man-eating lions and fifteen-foot crocodiles are part of every day life for Peter Beard, as he draws on the richness and diversity of East Africa to seduce the reader into a world of exploration, creativity, and excitement.
A 2005 New York Public Library ‘Book for the Teen Age’
+ Fifty Years of Portraits 1999
Throughout his remarkable life, Peter Beard has befriended and photographed some of the most prominent figures of our times. ISBN: 1-892041-15-4
"We are leaving in the Age of the photograph. Everyone is familiar with a camera and how a photograph represents its subject. When we pose for a portrait, we present ourselves for the camera. Yet to capture something beyond what is visually presented is always the photographer's most difficult task.
Peter Beard has this ability, naturally. He collaborates with his subjects, utilizing the immediate environment and objects around him, the mood or ambiance, and always quietly hoping for a lucky break or accident. His shooting sessions are loosely choregraphed like a happening, performance or cocktail party, for example."
"These dramatized "creative play periods" of portrait-making bring about his exploration of the experience, or as Francis Bacon says, "the sensations of the moment". The searches for truth, or a glimpse of another reality. The pictures themselves become secondary to the process of making them. Beard's subject matter has always been his life before his eyes. As the Mexican writer and poet Octavio Paz said, "Reality is not what we see, but what we discover." Peter Beard is on a voyage of discovery. "
David Fahey Los Angeles, April 1999
+ Stress and Density 1999
Exhibition Catalog
ISBN: 3-901247-07-6
Publication compiling the exhibition Stress and Density that opened at the KunstHausWien, Vienna, Austria in 1999. The KuntHausWien is the venue for the first exhibition in Austria of the work of Pete
That is the corner mankind is painting itself into. In a world where a million people are being added every four days, 400 to 500 million people are already starving to death every year. That is sick. And we won't even talk about it. We are pushing wildlife out of its habitat."
"There is no more time to play, there is no more space to play. The game has come to an end, the wildlife is domesticated, out of and surrounded by national parks and it is doomed to human influence, human pressure, human manipulation, human horror.""We're living in a disintegrating world, and people are not making the right calls about it. We're entering the age of density and stress from overcrowding and squeezing".
Peter Beard
+ Photo Poche 1996
Exhibition Catalog
"Over the years, Peter Beard has given me many of his beautiful photographs, for me the moste poignant are the ones of decomposing elephants where, over time, as they desintegrate, the bones form magnificent sculptures which is not just abstract forms but has all the memory traces of life's futility and despair."
Francis Bacon
+ The Adventures and MisAdventures of Peter Beard in Africa 1993
The Adventures and MisAdventures of Peter Beard in Africa is part biography, part social history. Beard's dramatic life has been matched lockstep by the drama that have been transforming East Africa since his arrival.
The Adventures and Misadventures of Peter Beard in Africa is part biography, part social history.
Beard's dramatic life has been matched lockstep by the dramas that have been transforming East Africa since his arrival.
From his front-row seat - Hog Ranch, his 45-acre encampment overlooking the Ngong Hills - he has watched a land of hunters and nomads become an urbanized sprawl, where the annihilation of animal populations has been matched only by the uncontrolled growth of the human population.
Beard has been a player in this drama- he has risked beating and imprisonment at the hand of the local government and political confrontation with international organizations.
Throughout, he has remained a charismatic and controversial character. His life, and Hog Ranch, are filled with glamorous figures: He was friend to Karen Blixen, confident of Francis Bacon and Andy Warhol, discoverer of the model Iman. His history, has told here by Jon Bowermaster, is ultimately East Africa's story - a look into a world irrevocably changed.
+ Diary 1993
Exhibition Catalog
+ The End of the Game 1988
+ The End of the Game 1977
+ Longing For Darkness 1975
Kamante's Tales from Out of Africa
The lost world of Isak Dinesen (Baroness Karen Blixen) is stirringly re-created by her old major-domo, Kamante, the hero of her classic Out of Africa.
In one of the most dazzling - and unlikely - books of recent times, the lost world of Isak Dinesen (Baroness Karen Blixen) is stirringly re-created by her old major-domo, Kamante, the hero of her classic Out of Africa. Here Kamante gives his version of Out of Africa (related to Peter Beard and then translated from Swahili and hanwritten by Kamante's son), his inspired rendering of the fables Isak Dinesen taught in Karen Coffee Farm School, and his lyrical watercolors. Here, too, are many never-before-published photographs from the collections of Isak Dinesen, her brother Thomas, and her great friend Denys Finch-Hatton, along with Peter Beard's superb photographic record of a world where - for perhaps the last time in history - true wilderness and true sophistication were one.
"I, Kamante Gatura, was a cooker in her house. During that life with Mrs. Karen I did drive to Nairobi by way of Muthaiga and compete with the best other cooks, going to the Norfolk Hotel, the Stanley, and the Tors Hotel, and the other called Queens Hotel. We travelled the Ngong road way. By then there wernt very many constructions as there are now. We could sleep in Nairobi. Mrs. Karen had lots of welcome friends."
"The first person to go to Mr. and Mrs. Barance Blixen to inquire for a shamba (a farming garden) was my father by accidents. He first went ti chief Kinyanjui and said that we were going to Ngamb-aru's Shamba. But the Shamba we were going to was of Mrs. Karen. We reached after a long journey from our old Njakai farm. And it passed like this"
Kamante Gatura
+ Eyelids of Morning 1973
The Mingled Destinies of Crocodiles and Men
Hailed by reviewers as “enthralling,” “spectacular,” and “vividly dramatic” when it was first published in 1974, Eyelids of Morning remains a standard for natural history reporting, stunning wildlife photography, cutting-edge ecological ideas, and hard-core realism. The legendary and fearsome Nile crocodiles and the Turkana tribespeople who live side by side with them are the focus of this classic, the dramatic and adventurous tale of Alistair Graham’s three years of research on Kenya’s Lake Rudolf. Joined by photographer Peter Beard – whose prodigious talent is displayed here in over two hundred full-color and duotone photographs – Graham undertook an investigation into the habits, history, and dubious future of one of the last great crocodile populations on earth in an unprecedented scientific effort to prevent this population’s almost certain extinction.
From years filled with near-fatal encounters with crocodiles, bandits, and drowning, and a variety of conflicts with the Turkanas, the authors fashioned a moving and captivating account of the crocodiles’ profound influence on native myths, symbols, and everyday lives. This is also a sobering documentation of the devastating impact that hunters, explorers, and developers have had on the crocodiles’ existence, as well as a hard look at essential population dynamics and the politics of sheer survival in a world racing toward ecological disaster.
A monumental work, Eyelids of Morning will fascinate anyone concerned with the plight of African wildlife – and the future of humanity itself.
+ The End of the Game 1965
Focusing on the widespread destruction of the African elephant, Beard tells of the enterprisers, explorers, missionaries, and big-game hunters whose quests for progress and adventure were to change the face of Africa for ever.
These include Theodore Roosevelt; Ernest Hemingway; Denys Finch-Hatton, the romantic hero of Out of Africa; legendary game warden J.A.Hunter; and railway engineer J.H.Patterson, who became famous as the pursuer of the "Man-Eating Lions of Tsavo." The End of the Game is a classic work, one that explores the intricate and complex relationship between man and animals and how both struggle to adapt to their changing environments. It is not always a happy story. But it is an important one. The End of the Game is not a book you will soon forget.
It is too late to undo what has been done. The laws of inevitability which have ruled Africa for millions of years must now be accepted by Africa's conquerors. To understand this is to begin to realize that we have conquered nothing at all. Man and his ways have intruded with little regard for Africa's customs and privacy. She has been pursued and despoiled. The End of the Game tells part of this story because it deals with the essence of African life, the animal. And with that very license of humanity by which we have presumed to conquer, we are challenged to reflect upon our defeat.
"The ruined wood we used to know won't cry for retribution - the men who have destroyed it will accomplish its revenge " William Faulkner
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