One day, Peter Beard decided to go to Africa and bought a ranch in Kenya near the plantation that had belonged to Karen Blixen, author and main character of Out of Africa (also known as Isak Dinesen). He produced one of the best series of photographs of the continent, to which he returned several times during his life. Beard marked a style with his camera and experimented with the technique of collage, decorating pictures with quotes from Karen Blixen, Joseph Conrad, with images of the Kikuyu, with drops of blood, ink, and leaves. The photographer lived in peace on his ranch, and when he returned to New York, he was a star at the Studio 54 parties. On his diaries there are portraits of leopards, giraffes and African lions, mixed with snapshots of Mick Jagger, model Iman and Jackie Kennedy. Friend of Andy Warhol and Dali acquaintance, the life of Peter Beard was the talk of the seventies for his playboy reputation. An adventurer in every way.
“The question is not how to get cured, but how to live.”
Peter with his daughter Zara – Photography by Alexandre Bailhach
© Peter Beard