Fifty Years of Portraits. Photographs by Peter Beard. Curated by Peter Tunney. Text by Anthony Haden-Guest. Arena Editions, Santa Fe, 1999. 240 pp. First edition. Quarto. Hardbound in faux-leather with tipped-in cover image. No dust jacket as issued. 175 four-color reproductions. Across half-title page Beard made parts of two footprints in red ink and SIGNED, 'Greetings/Peter Beard/Box 47616/Nairobi'.
This absolutely essential Peter Beard book centers on his 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The End of the Game, Longing for Darkness, the diaries, a liberal sprinkling of "fashion" photos, and many other unpublished photographs. Finely crafted with faux-leather covers and absolutely first-rate printing.
Binding a bid brittle; otherwise Fine+