Nine years later, Beard had become a photographer and an activist. During those few years, the demographic growth had already ruined the habitat of the 35,000 elephants in Kenya. He comes to meet survivors in the Tsavo Park reserve. Other big animals also interested him but the elephant has remained up to now his preferred theme and the symbol of his art.
In 1965, Beard creates images in large sizes, on which he adds a tight manuscript text and sticks smaller photos and also animal materials including almost always some blood.
On the same year he published a book combining photos with a history of the degradation of nature in Africa. The nostalgic title, The End of the Game, refers to both meanings of Game, for play and hunting.
On September 29 in New York, Christie's sells the frontal photo of an elephant named Tsavo Tusker by the artist, lot 187 estimated $ 200K.
Made in 1965, this image 249 x 163 cm is a chromogenic print on which the artist pasted eight small silver photos that hinder the strength of the animal. Some of these secondary images evoke death in the same way as the skeleton fetus of Munch's Madonna.
The large size of the image and its stains directly imitate the art of the advertising poster and Peter Beard may be considered as a pioneer of Pop art. Yet the originality of his vision is fully his own. He actually met Warhol but much later.