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Peter Beard

Peter Beard (b.1938) is an American photographer known for his photographs of Africa that combine painting, drawing, and annotation. Both artist and activist, Beard’s work captures the plight of a wildlife in Africa. Beard was raised in New York City, Alabama, and Long Island. He kept diaries and began making photographs at a young age. Beard attended Yale University in 1957 where he majored in Art History and met mentors Josef Albers, Richard Lindner and Vincent Scully. At age 17, Beard took his first trip to Africa with Quentin Keynes, Charles Darwin’s great grandson, and spent the summer photographing wildlife.

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