Peter Beard 1938 - 2020

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Peter Beard - Tsavo North 150 – 160 lbs. on the Athi Tiva nr. Block 33, for \'The End of the Game\', February 1965
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Art Contemporain Vente Online
April 2024
Christies, Paris (Online Auction)
Est.: 40.000 - 60.000 EUR
Realised: 50.400 EUR
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Peter Beard - Overpopulation & The gardeners of Eden, 1984
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Art Contemporain Vente Online
April 2024
Christies, Paris (Online Auction)
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 EUR
Realised: 7.560 EUR
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Peter Beard - Kaputi Plains / Athi River at Philip Percival\'s \
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Art Contemporain Vente Online
April 2024
Christies, Paris (Online Auction)
Est.: 15.000 - 20.000 EUR
Realised: 40.320 EUR
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Peter Beard - Veruschka von Lehndorf for Vogue, Rhino Roping with Galo Galo, 1964
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Photographs
April 2024
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 20.000 - 30.000 USD
Realised: 23.940 USD
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Peter Beard - Group of Elephants in the Tsavo river near Patterson’s Bridge, 1972
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Photographs
April 2024
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 20.000 - 30.000 USD
Realised: 25.200 USD
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Peter Beard - Ele Portfolio
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Photographs
April 2024
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 80.000 - 120.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Peter Beard - Ele in Bush
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
March 2024
Christies, London
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 GBP
Realised: 30.240 GBP
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Peter Beard - Peter Beard (Art Edition)
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The Eric Cohler CollectionPhotographs
February 2024
Bonhams, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 2.500 - 3.500 USD
Realised: 4.864 USD
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Peter Beard - Loliondo Lion Charge
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The Eric Cohler CollectionPhotographs
February 2024
Bonhams, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 15.000 - 25.000 USD
Realised: 20.480 USD
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Peter Beard - Orphaned Cheetah Cubs at Mweiga near Nyeri, Kenya, 1968
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Photographies & Lothar Schirmer's Glamour Collection
November 2023
Christies, Sydney (Online Auction)
Est.: 60.000 - 80.000 EUR
Realised: 63.000 EUR
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Peter Beard - Boran Woman, Marsabit Hospital, Kenya
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Photographs
November 2023
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 7.000 - 9.000 GBP
Realised: 10.795 GBP
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The artist Peter Beard

  • Contemporary US photographer.
  • Mainly known for his documentary wildlife photographs, but also made collages.
  • Author of »The End of the Game« - a groundbreaking book in the field of wildlife photography.

Born in New York City on 22 January 1938, the US photographer Peter Beard wrote diaries and already attached photos to his entries as a child. From 1957 to 1961, he studied art history at Yale University, learning from greats such as Josef Albers, Richard Lindner, Neil Welliver and Vincent Scully. After graduating, he travelled to Kenya. There he photographed and documented the deaths of around 35,000 elephants and other wild animals in Tsavo National Park. These photographs were later used to produce what is probably his best-known publication, »The End of the Game«, known in Germany and Switzerland as Die letzte Jagd. The illustrated book, which is now issued many times, caused a scandal when it was published in 1965 due to the cruelty of the images.

In addition to Kenya, Beard travelled to many other African countries during his lifetime, including Botswana, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa and Uganda, and thus found in the continent the central theme of his photography, in which he mainly dealt with the extermination of wildlife by man. His photographs and collages are characterised by the combination of photography with daily diary entries. His works also often include newspaper clippings, dried leaves, insects, old photos in sepia tone and the integration of animal blood as well as Beard's own blood as a colour medium.

In addition to wildlife photography, he made a name for himself with his portrait photos, including shots of David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Veruschka Gräfin von Lehndorff and the supermodel Iman in his portfolio. Beard photographed the latter in Nairobi in 1975 and thus helped her to international success. He was also repeatedly engaged as a photographer for fashion magazines such as Vogue and Elle and worked with artists such as Andy Warhol and Francis Bacon in the course of his career. Until his death, he lived and worked in Montauk (New York) and on a ranch near Nairobi, which he had bought in 1961 near the farm of his friend, the writer Karen Blixen. After Peter Beard, who suffered from dementia, was considered missing for three weeks, he was found dead in a nature reserve near Montauk on 19 April 2020. The cause of death is unclear.

Groundbreaking exhibitions of his work were held at the International Center of Photography (New York City) in 1977 and at the Centre national de la photographie (Paris) in 1997. They were followed by exhibitions in Berlin, London, Madrid, Milan, Tokyo, Toronto and Vienna. Together with his third wife, Nejma Beard, he founded the Peter Beard Studio in 2000, whose archives include published and unpublished written and visual material. In May 2008, he shot the photos for the Pirelli calendar in the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta in Botswana.

Der Künstler Peter Beard

  • Zeitgenössischer US-amerikanischer Fotograf.
  • Für seine dokumentarischen Wildtierfotografien bekannt, fertigte aber auch Collagen an.
  • Sein Bildband »The End of the Game«, gilt im Bereich der Tierfotografie als bahnbrechend.

Am 22.01.1938 in New York City geboren, schrieb der US-amerikanische Fotograf Peter Beard schon im Kindesalter Tagebuch und fügte seinen Einträge Fotos bei. Von 1957 bis 1961 studierte er an der Universität Yale Kunstgeschichte und lernte dabei von Größen wieJosef Albers, Richard Lindner, Neil Welliver und Vincent Scully. Nach seinem Abschluss reiste er nach Kenia. Dort fotografierte und dokumentierte er im Tsavo-Nationalpark das Ableben von rund 35.000 Elefanten und anderen Wildtieren. Aus diesen Aufnahmen entstand später seine wohl bekannteste Publikation »The End of the Game«, in Deutschland und der Schweiz unter dem Titel Die letzte Jagd bekannt. Der heute vielfach aufgelegte Bildband sorgte bei der Veröffentlichung 1965 aufgrund der Grausamkeit der Abbildungen für einen Skandal.

Neben Kenia bereiste Beard Zeit seines Lebens noch viele weitere afrikanische Länder, darunter Botswana, Madagaskar, Mosambik, Südafrika und Uganda und fand so in dem Kontinent das zentrale Thema seiner Fotografie, in der er sich hauptsächlich mit der Ausrottung der Tierwelt durch den Menschen befasste. Seine Fotos und Collagen zeichnen sich durch die Kombination von Fotografie mit täglich verfassten Tagebucheinträgen aus. Seine Arbeiten beinhalten zudem häufig Zeitungsausschnitte, getrocknete Blätter, Insekten, alte Fotos im Sepiaton und die Integration von Tier- und Beards eigenem Blut als Farbmedium.

Neben der Wildfotografie machte er sich mit seinen Porträtfotos einen Namen und lichtete u. a. Aufnahmen von David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Veruschka Gräfin von Lehndorff und dem Supermodel Iman in seinem Portfolio. Letztere fotografierte Beard 1975 in Nairobi und verhalf ihr so zu internationalem Erfolg. Zudem war er immer wieder als Fotograf für Modemagazine wie die Vogue und Elle engagiert und arbeitete im Laufe seiner Karriere mit Künstlern wie Andy Warhol und Francis Baconn zusammen. Bis zu seinem Tod lebte und arbeitete er in Montauk (New York) und auf einer Ranch nahe Nairobi, die er 1961 in der Nähe der Farm seiner Freundin, der Schriftstellerin Karen Blixen, erworben hatte. Nachdem der an Demenz leidende Peter Beard für drei Wochen als vermisst galt, wurde er am 19.04.2020 in einem Naturschutzgebiet nahe Montauk tot aufgefunden. Die Todesursache ist unklar.

Bahnbrechende Ausstellungen mit seinen Werken fanden 1977 im International Center of Photography (New York City) und 1997 im Centre national de la photographie (Paris) statt. Ihnen folgten Ausstellungen in Berlin, London, Madrid, Mailand, Tokio, Toronto und Wien. Gemeinsam mit seiner dritten Ehefrau, Nejma Beard gründete er im Jahr 2000 das Peter Beard Studio, dessen Archive veröffentlichtes wie unveröffentlichtes verschriftlichtes und visuelles Material beinhaltet. Im Mai 2008 schoss er die Fotos für den Pirellikalender in der Kalahariwüste und im Okavangodelta in Botswana.

Peter Beard - 756 elephants on the TSAVO Border in \
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Photographs
November 2023
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 15.000 - 25.000 GBP
Realised: 25.400 GBP
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Peter Beard - One Year Old Mountain Gorilla, Rwanda, 1984
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Photographs
October 2023
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 40.000 - 60.000 USD
Realised: 63.000 USD
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Peter Beard - Ele Portfolio
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Photographs
October 2023
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 80.000 - 120.000 USD
Realised: 88.900 USD
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Peter Beard - Eyelids of Morning: The Mingled Destinies of Crocodiles and Men
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Prints & Photographs | Bonhams Skinner
September 2023
Bonhams, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 1.200 - 1.800 USD
Realised: 1.664 USD
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Peter Beard - Untitled (\'Two Picassos\')
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Photographs Now The Collector's Edition
July 2023
Bonhams, London (Online Auction)
Est.: 2.000 - 3.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Peter Beard - Francis Bacon
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Photographs Now The Collector's Edition
July 2023
Bonhams, London (Online Auction)
Est.: 2.500 - 3.500 USD
Realised: not available
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Peter Beard - Hunting Cheetahs on the Taru Desert, Kenya (for \'The End of the Game\'), June 1960
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Photographies
June 2023
Christies, Hong Kong (Online Auction)
Est.: 6.000 - 8.000 EUR
Realised: 18.900 EUR
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Peter Beard - l\'ll Write Whenever I Can, 1965
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Photographies
June 2023
Christies, Hong Kong (Online Auction)
Est.: 20.000 - 30.000 EUR
Realised: not available
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Peter Beard - Uganda, 1966
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Photographies
June 2023
Christies, Hong Kong (Online Auction)
Est.: 12.000 - 18.000 EUR
Realised: 21.420 EUR
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Peter Beard - Loliondo Lion Charge (for \'The End of the Game\'), 1964
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Photographies
June 2023
Christies, Hong Kong (Online Auction)
Est.: 18.000 - 25.000 EUR
Realised: 21.420 EUR
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