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Peter Beard b. 1938
Peter Beard’s pictures are a meticulous blend of image(s), text and mementos, all layered by hand, brimming with symbolism. Products of an analogue era the passion with which each work is created cannot be matched in today’s digital age.
Peter Beard was born in New York. From a young age he began to keep a diary as a way of recording his memories. Picking up a camera and filming life around him was a natural extension to his writings. In addition, he has always been an avid collector of keepsakes – all manner of things - which he continually collects from all around him. It is these practises which he combines and incorporates into each of his images to convey his message. It is his unique way of storytelling.
Beard visited South Africa for the first time in 1955 - with the grandson of Charles Darwin. He later returned to Africa and became friends with Karen Blixen (author of Out of Africa). And so began his interest in Africa. Although Beard returned to England for his higher education, he returned to Kenya, to work, in his twenties. It was while he was at Yale, through his medical studies, that he quickly realised the exponential growth of the human population and he hypothesised that ‘humans are the main disease’. This later became the basis for much of his work.
Yvonne herself is South African by birth and has spent a significant period of time in Kenya (in particular), Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe. She too is troubled by the impact of mankind on all wildlife. This has attracted her to the work of Peter Beard and has driven her to find her own method of expressing her thoughts though her photography. You can view Peter Beard’s website here. https://peterbeard.com/
If you are unfamiliar with this photography great, take some time to follow this link and listen to the great man himself talk about his work.