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Peter Beard [Hardcover]

Owen Edwards , Steven M.L. Aronson , Nejma Beard , David Fahey
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Book Description

5 Oct 2013
Into the wild.

Journey into the world of Peter Beard.

Photographer, collector, diarist, and writer of books Peter Beard has fashioned his life into a work of art; the illustrated diaries he kept from a young age evolved into a serious career as an artist and earned him a central position in the international art world. He was painted by Francis Bacon and painted on by Salvador Dalí, he made diaries with Andy Warhol and toured with Truman Capote and the Rolling Stones all of whom are brought to life, literally and figuratively, in his work. As a fashion photographer, he took Vogue stars like Veruschka to Africa and brought new ones most notably Iman back to the U.S. with him.

After spending time in Kenya and striking up a friendship with the author Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen) in the early 1960s, Beard bought a piece of land near hers. He witnessed the dawn of Kenya s population explosion, which challenged finite resources and stressed animal populations including the starving elephants of Tsavo dying by the tens of thousands in a wasteland of eaten trees. So he documented what he saw with diaries, photographs, and collages. He went against the wind in publishing unique and sometimes shocking books of these works. The corpses were laid bare; the facts carefully recorded, sometimes in type and often by hand. Beard uses his photographs as a canvas onto which he superimposes multi-layered contact sheets, ephemera, found objects, newspaper clippings that are elaborately embellished with meticulous handwriting, old-master inspired drawings and often swaths of animal blood used as paint.

In 2006 TASCHEN published the book that has come to define his oeuvre, signed by the artist and published in two volumes. It sold out instantly and became a highly sought after collector s item. Now the book you couldn t get your hands on is available in one volume, a handsome hardcover edition revised by Nejma Beard with new images never published before.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 770 pages
  • Publisher: Benedikt Taschen Verlag; Mul edition (5 Oct 2013)
  • Language: German, English, French
  • ISBN-10: 3836530880
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836530880
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 25.4 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This extravagant and magnificent book is a work of art in itself. --L'Express, Paris

About the Author

The artist:
Born in New York City in 1938, Peter Beard began taking photographs and keeping diaries from early childhood. By the time he graduated from Yale University, he had developed a keen interest in Africa. Throughout the 1960s and 70s he worked in Tsavo Park, the Aberdares, and Lake Rudolf in Kenya s northern frontier. He is a constant creator, Beard the chronicler photographs, writes draws, collages and assembles a history of his life experiences and our own. He lives in New York City, Long Island, and Kenya with his wife, Nejma, and daughter, Zara.

The editors:
Nejma Beard is Peter Beard s agent and Executive Director of the Peter Beard Studio. Her spirit and experience are synchronous with Beard s having been born and raised in Kenya. This deep familiarity and a devotion to a place and a people forms their unique collaborative relationship. Primary to her work is a deep concern for the future of the world and a commitment to ecologic efforts. She curates exhibitions, art-directs photo shoots, and edits and assists with all Beard publications.

David Fahey is co-owner of the Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles. During his 31-year career in the field, he has collaborated on over 45 fine art photography books. He is the co-vice president of the Herb Ritts Foundation and serves on the Photography Advisory Council for the J. Paul Getty Museum.

The authors:
Owen Edwards has written about photography for 30 years, for the American Photographer, New York Times Magazine, New York magazine, The Village Voice, Saturday Review, Vogue, Smithsonian magazine, and many other publications.

Steven M. L. Aronson, a former book publisher, is a writer and editor. He edited and published Peter Beard s book Longing for Darkness and wrote the T.V. special The End of the Game. He is the author of HYPE and the co-author of Savage Grace.

The contributor:
Ruth Ansel is an award-winning art director known for her innovative design at many of America's top fashion and cultural magazines since the 1960s. Ansel Design Studio (est. 1992) has produced international fashion campaigns and books with photographers including Peter Beard, Richard Avedon, and Annie Leibovitz.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 22 July 2014
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Very impressive, highest quality publication which goes justice to Peter Beard
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 10 Aug 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 18 Jan 2014
By Jade
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Ordered this on a Friday and it came the next day. Fantastic book for a barging price. Lots of lovely pages to look at and very inspiring!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A work of art 18 Nov 2013
By L. Da Vinci - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a throwback to the wonderful art books of the 60's and 70's: It is massive, very well written and the photography is truly excellent. Peter Beard has always been known as a great photographer, very much interested in the environment, specifically in Africa. The photography in this book shows the reader Beard's life-long commitment to our environment, decades before it became "chic" to do so. Taschen's books have always been known to be of excellent quality and taste, and this is no exception. This is a book to treasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very special! 21 Oct 2013
By A voracious reader - Published on Amazon.com
This book is absolutely wonderful! It's filled with a *huge* number of beautiful photos and diary entries & drawings. I'd vaguely followed Mr. Beard's career, but I had no idea until recently about his devotion to Africa and I also didn't realize he was so talented. This book is quite a treat and it's something I'll look at again & again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book but TERRIBLE binding............arrived completely broken. 17 Oct 2013
By Maria Chapman - Published on Amazon.com
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Magnificent HEAVY book. Book is so heavy it broke the binding. A book to pour over for hours if you can get one in good shape
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most interesting man in the world? 26 April 2014
By Taran Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
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I wonder if Dos Equis got the idea for its campaign from Peter Beard? This is an impressive tome. I love the work Taschen has done, as it must have been hard to put into a book something so schizophrenic and seemingly haphazard as Mr. Beard's diaries. The work is art and the book is art, perhaps there is no better praise than that. The printing and reproductions are all technically excellent to my, albeit untrained, eye.

This is also a historical artifact regarding post colonialism in Africa. Kenya was a messed up place for quite a while, and conservation was put on hold for all but a few brave souls. There are people must search their soul for taking advantage of Africa, and this book touches me for its sympathetic understanding of the charismatic magafauna of the Mara, the Masai, and extremely beautiful African women.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Monumental Volume ... 22 April 2014
By J. A. I. - Published on Amazon.com
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... by a unique talent. I travelled around Kenya making photos in 1995 and I am sorry I didn't drop in on Mr. Beard while I was there; we might have had a great visit!

This book of his work is very impressive and a great value. Pick it up for your library of photo books; I quite recommend it!
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