I grew up in a household where photography was loved more than paintings, particularly film. My parents loved Peter Beards work so much. I grew up surrounded by coffee table books, photographs, and other pieces of his work so writing this while sitting in my childhood living room feels extra special. Beard is an 81 year old American artist, photographer, diarist and writer who lives in New York City. He is mainly known for his work of Africa and African animals taken in the. 1960s.