Peter Beard, Deluxe Edition
A stunning 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, painted on by Salvador Dali, and made diaries with Andy Warhol; he toured with Truman Capote and the Rolling Stones, created books with Jacqueline Onassis and Mick Jagger 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.
His love affair with natural history and wildlife, which informs most of his work, began when he was a teenager. He had read the books of Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen) and after spending time in Kenya and befriending the author, bought a piece of land near hers. It was the early 1960s and the big game hunters led safaris, with all the colonial elements Beard had read about in Out of Africa characterizing the open life and landscape, but the times were changing. Beard 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 were carefully written down sometimes in type, often by hand, occasionally with blood.
Peter Beard's most important collages are included, along with hundreds of smaller-scale works and diaries, magnified to show every detail from Beard's meticulous handwriting and old-master-inspired drawings to stones and bones and bits of animals pasted to the page.
2 volumes in slipcase :
Volume 1: 200 pages of diaries, 294 pages collages, as well as five fold-outs, and an introduction by photo critic Owen Edwards. Almost all diary entries and collages of the original edition are included.
Volume 2: List of all the photos with captions from Volume 1, private recordings and early works by the artist, an interview with Peter Beard by Steven ML Aronson, a facsimile reprint of Beard's 1993 handwritten essay from the long out of print first issue of 'Blind Spot' magazine, extensive bibliography, filmography, and a list of all exhibits.
784 pages (2 Volume Set)
31.75 x 22.4 x 7.6 cm (12.5 x 8.8 x 3 inches)
Scapbooks from Africa and Beyond
by Empire Editions LLC
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2007 | Language: English
Easily the most compelling and comprehensive movie ever produced about the life and work of Peter Beard, covering all aspects of his life, professional career, and personal adventures beginning in the 1960s through the 1990s. Iconic photographs of Beard s legendary past are revisited and for the first time we hear the stories about making Beard s first book End of the Game, his appearance in the underground classic Hallelujah the Hills, his fortuitous meeting with British painter Francis Bacon, his friendship with Andy Warhol and his youthful acquaintance with writer Karen Blixen. Beard s epic notebooks, bound with ink, blood, photographs, and the detritus of life on the road are matched here for the first time by his recollections of the remnants of Kenya s colonial past. Narrated by Charlotte Rampling. Additional voice over by Julie Delpy, featuring rare and never-before-seen footage of Mick Jagger, Andy Warhol, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, John F. Kennedy, Jr., Francis Bacon and Jonas Mekas among numerous others including a collection of Beard s photographs and artwork.
Beard: Scrapbooks From Africa and Beyond is a colorful and definitive portrait
of a man of all seasons, a man in love with people and places, a passionate
man, an obsessed man constantly passing from one dimension to another. The book
and film follow the inner drama of one of the great creative spirits. Like the
colorful marginalia of the notebooks he’s kept since his youth, it is collage
drawn from life itself. Scrapbooks From Africa and Beyond reveals a mixture of
seriousness and wit, and rests upon Peter Beard’s skills as a storyteller.
A person cannot experience the intensity of life such as Beard has—suffer such scrapes and bruises associated with the adventurer’s life—without being lively company. A series of incisive and never before published interviews by British journalist Edward Behr form the backbone of Scrapbooks From Africa and Beyond that takes viewers to three continents. Beard lives in the present and here we are offered a rare experience to observe how he captures the essence of each moment. Marked by a sense of intimacy and sincerity, Scrapbooks From Africa and Beyond shows Beard at work shooting nudes and fashion, with his family and friends, the native Kenyans he lived near and works with or just one-on-one, in candid and revealing scenes that underscore his life’s work. In Scrapbooks From Africa and Beyond, Beard’s adventures and the substance of his work are united as one. The iconic photographs of his legendary past are revisited and for the first time we read and hear the stories about the making of Beard’s first book End of the Game, his appearance in the underground classic, "Hallelujah the Hills," his fortuitous meeting with British painter, Francis Bacon, and his youthful acquaintance with Karen Blixen. Beard’s epic notebooks, bound with ink, blood, photographs and the detritus of life on the road are matched here by his recollections of the remnants of Kenya’s colonial past.
Peter Beard: Scapbooks from Africa and Beyond
Empire Editions LLC,
First Edition 2006