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End of the Game

For half this weekend my head has been immersed in my latest photography book – Peter Beard.

If you are not familiar with the name, undoubtedly you’ll be familiar with his work.

Handsome American lad from wealthy and prestigious background journeys to Kenya and falls in love with the land. The Wildlife. The people. Beard documented his life in Africa in his photographs and diaries. Moving in glamorous circles it wasn’t long before his diaries were noticed and he was brought to the attention of Vogue magazine and began to do fashion shoots with Verushka stretched out in front of rhinos.

Beard ‘s diaries also include candid photos of his friends, who just happened to be Francis Bacon, Salvador Dali, Jackie Onassis, Andy Warhol and the Jaggers amongst others. Beard was obsessive about documenting everything he came across and placed them in his collages, ripping out newspaper clippings, snakeskins and even staining them with Ava Gardner’s blood (at his home she cut herself on a wineglass and he rushed to capture her blood on one of his diaries).


It is impossible to appreciate his work from a far. Grab one of his books and be transported.



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