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Memories of a life less ordinary with Peter Beard

The world has lost a great photographer, artist and adventurer in Peter Beard. But his work lives on, such as in this magnificent illustrated book published by Taschen…

Had Mr. Beard not already existed, he might well have been the result of a collaborative brain wave by Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Paul Bowles, so said the New York Times in its obituary earlier this week

In fact, Beard – who died in Montauk, New York at the age of 82 – has always been an essential part of his own artistic work. Of course, it’s the impressive photographs, collages and diaries (the latter sometimes written in his own blood) in which he documented and orchestrated the African wilderness for decades that we particularly remember. 

But for Beard, the wilderness did not end on the edge of the savannah. No matter whether he was photographing the most beautiful women in the world for Vogue, partying the night away in Studio 54 or collaborating with contemporaries including Francis Bacon and Andy Warhol, his life in retrospect emanates an astonishing intensity that very few people would be able to replicate today.

The artistic complexity and exuberant creativity of Peter Beard can be found in this new 770-page tome, which comprises his key works in all their glory. 

Titled Peter Beard and published by Taschen, the book will be released in May, although you can pre-order your copy in the Classic Driver Market now.