Peter Beard

Born in 1938 in New York, Peter Beard was an American photographer noted for his striking documentary images of Africa which seamlessly blend painting, drawing, and text in a unique photo collage style. Beard’s fascination with Africa first took hold in the 1960s when he began documenting environmental challenges and imbalances between the people, the land, and the animals, including cataloguing the plummeting population of elephants and rhinoceroses in Tsavo National Park due to starvation. Recognised as one of the first photographers to champion environmental conservation, throughout his career Beard collaborated with many notable artists including Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon, and Salvador Dalí.