Peter Beard. Fifty Years of Portraits. Photographs by Peter Beard. Text by Anthony Haden-Guest. Arena Editions, Santa Fe, 1999. 240 pp. First edition. Quarto. Hardbound in faux-leather with tipped-in image. No dust jacket as issued. 175 four-color illustrations.
This absolutely essential Peter Beard book centers around the theme of portraits, relating an extremely detailed account of the artist's work. The book, finely edited by Peter T. Tunney, begins with early childhood photos of Beard and containing exemplary images from all of his projects: The End of the Game, Longing for Darkness, the diaries, a liberal sprinkling of "fashion" photos, and many other unpublished photographs. The book is finely crafted with faux-leather covers and exquisite printing.
A pristine, Very Fine copy of a book that is already much sought after.