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Peter Beard, Wildlife Photographer And Montauk Resident, Dies At 82

Jerome Delay
Fashion-wildlife photographer Peter Beard during the opening of his exhibition at the Centre National de la Photographie in Paris in 1996. Beard was found dead three weeks after being reported missing from his cliffside home at the tip of Long Island.

Wildlife photographer Peter Beard has died. His body was found after he had been missing for more than two weeks from his home in Montauk.   

Beard was a graduate of Yale University. After graduation he traveled to Kenya to document the deaths of thousands of elephants killed as part of the ivory trade. His photos became part of his book, “The End of the Game.” His later works included avant garde practices like collages and mixed media.

Beard was part of New York’s party scene in the ‘70s. He dated and married supermodels and appeared in a film by Andy Warhol.

Beard’s family said he had dementia. Police found his body in Camp Hero State Park. His family told the New York Times he died where he lived: in nature. Peter Beard was 82-years-old.

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