CHRONOLOGY
1980’s

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Beard introduced the 1980 ABC/American Sportsman TV Film, Japanese Long Line Tuna Fishing, produced by Robert H. Nixon and John Wilcox, that included interviews with Dr. Norman Borlaug, “father of the Green Revolution.”
In 1984 Beard produced the multimedia computer-dissolve show, Last Word from Paradise, which is on permanent exhibition at Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles, France.

Beard introduced Francis Bacon to the Vincent Van Gogh Foundation in Arles leading to Francis Bacon in Arles, 1956-1985, the Van Gogh series by Francis Bacon, and served on the Van Gogh committee for “The Road to Tarascon.”

Kamante Gatura, former majordomo to Karen Blixen, died in 1985 at Hog Ranch where he had resided since 1962. Beard collaborated with him on the 1975 book Longing for Darkness: Kamante’s Tales from Out of Africa, and his artwork inspired the formation of the Hog Ranch Art Department, which is still active today.
Beard began collaborating in 1986 with Polaroid Corporation’s “Artists Support Program,” creating giant Polaroids of Iman, Khadijah, Magritte Rammé and others for the Polaroid Collection.
The 1988 ABC documentary film With Peter Beard in Africa: Last Word from Paradise was produced by Robert H. Nixon and Mel Stuart in collaboration with Canal+.

In November 1988 Beard’s work was included in the International Center of Photography’s 14th Anniversary Gala in an exhibit, Master Photographs from Photography in Fine Arts Exhibitions, 1959-1967, curated by Miles Barth.