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Maureen with mongoose

Maureen with mongoose

I first saw Maureen Gallagher in a file cabinet in Nairobi, Kenya.  She was in a black and white 8 x 10 inch glossy photo standing heroically nude and feeding a giraffe. It was a pure Peter Beard signature image.  That photo has since been re-worked into large collage art pieces, which sell for zillions of dollars, now.

Here she is trying to manage a hyperactive mongoose at Peter Beard’s Hog Ranch. She was there preparing for a photo shoot of Azzedine Alaïa‘s fashion line in the thorn tree country of northern Kenya.