Out Of Africa
*Photo courtesy of Taschen*
43 years ago adventurer / photographer Peter Beard published a landmark book on Africa, *The End of the Game*.
The pedigreed Yale grad – whose dashing grandfather, tobacco heir Pierre Lorillard IV is credited with popularizing the tuxedo – had met author Karen Blixen (aka Isak Dinesen) in Denmark, who sparked his interest in the Dark Continent.
Beard, pictured here in Kenya’s Aberdare Moorlands in 1966 displaying some of grandpa’s flair, went on to become not only one of our most interesting and accomplished cultural characters, but a true style icon as well, marrying Cheryl Tiegs and discovering Iman along the way. Taschen has just come out with a revised edition of the End of the Game, with a new foreword by Paul Theroux, a seasoned adventurer in his own right. “Peter went to Africa and found himself in a violated Eden,” Theroux writes. “Africa possessed him as it does anyone who has wondered who we once were, as humans at our most heroic, thriving as hunters.”
While others of his swashbuckling ilk like George Plimpton and Hunter S. Thompson have gone, Beard is still at it; still possessed, and still possessing our imaginations.
- — Jared Paul Stern