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    Sale 7624

    Photographs

    19 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 18

    PETER BEARD (b.1938 American)

    I'll Write Whenever I Can, Koobi Fora, Lake Rudolf, Kenya, 1965

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    PETER BEARD (b.1938 American)
    I'll Write Whenever I Can, Koobi Fora, Lake Rudolf, Kenya, 1965
    unique oversized toned gelatin silver print with blood/ink handwork and collaged photographs, printed/assembled later
    signed, titled and annotated in ink on recto
    50 x 73in. (127 x 185.4cm.)


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    According to The Peter Beard Studio, Beard is no longer printing this image. It was last printed in May 2004.

    While studying the population dynamics of the African crocodile -- a collaboration which led to the publication Eyelids of Morning (Chronicle, 1990) -- Beard and scientist Alistair Graham shot this 15 feet 4 inch crocodile at Koobi Fora (Lake Rudolph). While waiting for a plane to arrive the next day, Beard asked Graham to take a picture of him, writing in his 1966 diary, in the giant animal's mouth. Unluckily for Beard, the crocodile went into rigor mortis and twisted Beard's leg. Despite the incident, Beard successfully created this now beloved self-portrait.

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    Provenance

    With CameraWork, Berlin;
    acquired by present owner.


    Literature

    Bowermaster, The Adventures and Misadventures of Peter Beard in Africa, Bulfinch, 1993, front cover (fig.1) & p.152; Peter Beard, Taschen, 2006, p.144, no.380.