Peter Beard b. 1938, I’ll Write Whenever I Can, Koobi Fora, Lake Rudolf, Kenya, 1965. Gelatin silver print, printed 2000 with ink, paint, drawings by the artists Kivoi Mathenge, E. Mwangi Kuria and affixed photographs, magazine cuttings, leaves and feathers.
“Passion’ is a word which could be applied to Peter Beard on a myriad of levels. A man described as ‘half Tarzan, half Byron’ by Bob Colacello (the author of Holy Terror, a biographical memoir of Andy Warhol), to others he is a Darwinian rock star who wields the instruments of photography and collage as his weapons of choice. Creating heightened representations of nature, he incorporates its raw and majestic brutality, but also employs narrative and sometimes literature to convey an urgent message about how we humans exist in our environment, causing both personal and global catastrophe.” — A. Graham, P. Beard, Eyelids of Morning: The Mingled Destinies of Crocodiles and Men, San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1990, p. 218