The Last Word from Paradise. Peter H. Beard, Marvin Israel, Kate Morgan, designers and.
The Last Word from Paradise
The Last Word from Paradise

The Last Word from Paradise

New York: International Center of Photography, 1977. 1st Edition. Two large folding posters photo-illustrated to verso and recto on heavy stock newsprint, loose (measures 10.5" x 14" folded; 21" x 28" unfolded).

"Man and his ways have intruded with little regard for Africa's customs and privacy. She has been pursued and despoiled...And with that very little license of humanity by which we have presumed to conquer, we are challenged to reflect upon our defeat" (Peter Beard). Inscribed exhibition catalog for a show of internationally renowned photographer Peter Beard's landmark early work on Africa’s wildlife crisis. Beard went to Africa to photograph and write about the flora and fauna on author Isak Dinesen's farm acreage in the early 1960s. Witnessing the dawn of Kenya's population explosion, Beard began to chronicle the shocking aftermath, leading to the photographer's decades-long project of documentation and compilation highlighting the starvation of tens of thousands of elephants, rhinos, and hippos in Kenya's Tsavo lowlands and Uganda parklands. Much of the early material was gathered for Beard's first book, a photo-collage tour-de-force titled The End of the Game: The Last Word from Paradise (1965), but it was given its most spectacular setting 12 years later at New York's International Center of Photography, in a massive, elaborately staged installation designed by Marvin Israel and Kate Morgan. Along with hundreds of photographs, the show integrated the artist's diaries, collages, animal skeletons, and more throughout the entire Fifth Avenue space (November 13, 1977 - January 22, 1978). Unorthodox in style and layout, this exhibition catalog unfolds into two large format posters, and gives poignant testimony to the damage done by human intervention in Africa. Inscribed by Beard in his characteristic red marker to the upper panel: "Catalogue ICP" across the top, and "Peter B. 11/11/77" across the bottom. Minor soiling and creasing, with small instance of splitting at one fold point. Near fine. Scarce. Item #2738

$900.00