Wildlife photographer Peter Beard dies at 82

Apr 20, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Wildlife photographer Peter Beard dies at 82

Apr 20, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Peter Beard, a wildlife photographer, artist and writer, has died. He went missing on 31 March from his home in Montauk, Long Island. After nearly three weeks of search, the “last of the adventurers” was found dead. He was 82.

According to The New York Times, Beard suffered from dementia and “had experienced at least one stroke.” He was last seen on 31 March, and the authorities started an extensive search for him when he was reported missing. On 19 April, they found a body in a forest in Camp Hero State Park in Montauk. And sadly, the family confirmed that the body belonged to Beard.

Peter Beard was born in 1938 in New York. In 1957, he enrolled in pre-med studies at Yale University, but later switched his major to art history. He is best known for his wildlife photography, although he also photographed models for Vogue, Elle, and other fashion magazines.

During his career, Peter Beard had numerous exhibitions and published dozens of books. These include The End of the Game, focusing on the widespread destruction of the African elephant and Zara’s Tales, a collection of tales told to his daughter. Beard also appeared in several movies, including Adolfas Mekas’ Hallelujah the Hills! where he appeared nude. Other than his work, the photographer was also known for his adventurous, wild, and rather public personal life.

The family released a statement regarding his death:

“Anyone, who spent time in his company, was swept up by his enthusiasm and his energy. He was a pioneering contemporary artist, who was decades ahead of his time in his efforts to sound the alarm about environmental damage.”

In a statement, the family concluded that “he died where he lived: in nature.”

[via The New York Times; image via Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0]

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5 responses to “Wildlife photographer Peter Beard dies at 82”

  1. Kim Beard Ekstrom Avatar
    Kim Beard Ekstrom

    how sad…

  2. Alec Davies Avatar
    Alec Davies

    Very sad. And he shot one of the best Pirelli calendars.

  3. Kevin Johnson Avatar
    Kevin Johnson

    He autographed my copy of his Portraits book with his footprint

  4. Paula Gemin Bell Avatar
    Paula Gemin Bell

    Another one gone…:(

  5. Julie Brixton Avatar
    Julie Brixton

    Shame