Decades after first discovering Iman in Nairobi, not to mention countless trips to Africa to capture its wildlife, photographer Peter Beard, now 78, is still in the game. He’s just opened “Last Word from Paradise,” his first solo exhibit in 15 years, which is up at the Hamptons’ Guild Hall until the end of July. Keeping close by in his Long Island home, which is the stuff of Montauk legend, Beard shared his culture diet, which, quite appropriately, features The Jungle Book.
First thing you read in the morning: Books by my bedside.
Books on your bedside table right now: Fate of the Earth by Jonathan Schell; Rembrandt, and Gaston Chaissac.
The TV show that’s been keeping you up at night: Stephen Colbert.
Last movie you saw in theaters: The Jungle Book.
Last piece of art you bought, or ogled: “The Scream.”
Last museum exhibition that you loved: [Francis] Bacon at the Met.
Release you’re most eagerly anticipating: Bob Dylan’s “Shadows in the Night.”
Favorite Montauk hang-out: The cliff.
Summer travel destination: Home.
Last song you had on repeat: The whole Dylan album.
Last concert you saw live: Rolling Stones at the Barclays Center.
How you get your news: TV, newspapers, and print-outs from the internet that my family supplies me.
Favorite social media accounts to follow: None.
Last thing you do before you go to bed: Watch late-night movies.
Photos: Peter Beard Prefers to Print Out the Internet
Peter Beard in Miami, Florida, ca. 2000. Photo by Rose Hartman/Getty Images.
“Time waits for no one…(Mick Jagger and Keith Richards),” 1972/2015. Gelatin silver print with archival digital print collage, paper ephemera, ink. © Peter Beard, courtesy of Peter Beard Studio.
“Andy Warhol Diary Page Spread,” 1978. Custom archival type C silver gelatin print. © Peter Beard, courtesy of Peter Beard Studio.
“Pink Elephant,” 1966/2009. Gelatin silver print with gelatin silver print collage, found objects, watercolor, sea salt, ink. © Peter Beard, courtesy of Peter Beard Studio.
“Zara and the Universe,” 1993. Custom archival type C silver gelatin print. © Peter Beard, courtesy of Peter Beard Studio.
“Zara Beard, Ode to Yves Klein,” 1993. Color photograph with ink. © Peter Beard, courtesy of Peter Beard Studio.
Peter Beard at his home in Montauk in 1981. Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage.
Peter Beard at the Stella McCartney Spring 2015 presentation in New York. Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images.