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.

In Nairobi, Kenya, Beard met his third wife-to-be, Nejma Khanum on May 22, 1985. They were married cliff side in Montauk, New York, at Thunderbolt Ranch on December 22, 1986.

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 lived since 1962, when Beard wrote to him and invited him to live there after Karen Blixen died. It was Beard’s idea to write down Gatura’s memories of shared experiences with Karen Blixen during his time living on her farm. The book, Longing for Darkness: Kamante’s Tales from Out of Africa was published in 1975. Illustrated with Beard’s photographs and Gatura’s drawings, in which Beard encouraged Gatura to do, led to the formation of The Hog Ranch Art Department, where over the decades Beard has trained, mentored, and fostered the creativity of many artists, including one that later went on to represent Kenya in the Venice Biennale.
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, which was originally exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1967, was included in the International Center of Photography’s 14th Anniversary Gala. The exhibit, Master Photographs from Photography in Fine Arts Exhibitions, 1959-1967, was curated by Miles Barth.

On September 22, 1988, the birth of Zara Sophia Beard, for whom the book, Zara’s Tales: Perilous Escapades in Equatorial Africa was written in 2004.