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Andrew Zuckerman is a New York–based photographer, author, and filmmaker. His book Creature (2007), a portrait series of animals, was released to critical acclaim and has reprinted numerous times. Wisdom (2008), a book, film, and traveling exhibition, is an ongoing project made with the support of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. 

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Har/Psc edition (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810996529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810996526
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1.2 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrew Zuckerman (American, b.1977)

Noted filmmaker and photographer, Andrew Zuckerman, utilizes a multitude of platforms to produce work that is systematically executed, conceptually based, and democratically presented. Minimalist in nature, Zuckerman aims to create atmospheres of clarity and neutrality to facilitate the viewer's access to the material. His commitment to diversifying the points of entry into his work has garnered a global audience.

Zuckerman first made his mark on the publishing world with the 2007 release of CREATURE, a compendium of intimate animal portraits set against his signature white background. He has since explored this distinctive approach - which divorces subjects from their context and equalizes the larger conversation between them - in four additional critically acclaimed multi-media projects: WISDOM (2008), BIRD (2009), MUSIC (2010), and FLOWER (2012). Renowned designer, Massimo Vignelli, has lauded Zuckerman's "uncompromising notion of space in which any object becomes its own essence." His books have been translated into numerous languages and published in 18 international editions.

Exhibitions of Zuckerman's work include a solo show of photographs from CREATURE at the Forma International Center of Photography in Milan and the ongoing WISDOM traveling exhibition, featuring portraits and interviews with extraordinary individuals over the age of 65, including Nelson Mandela, Andrew Wyeth, and Chuck Close. It premiered at the State Library of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. In July 2008, Zuckerman's portrait of Nelson Mandela appeared on the cover of Time magazine. Zuckerman's companion film to BIRD has been exhibited on The High Line in New York City in 2009, and at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston in 2010. Photographs from BIRD were on display at Colette in Paris. His short film, "High Falls," premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, and was selected as Best Short Film at the Woodstock Film Festival the same year. Writer David Carr called the project "a pretty film and a pretty smart film" in his New York Times review. In 2010, Zuckerman interviewed and photographed over fifty eminent musicians, composers, and producers (from Ornette Coleman to Iggy Pop) for the MUSIC project, which was realized as a book, film, and iPad app. His most recent multimedia project, FLOWER, includes images of over 250 varieties of flora with an accompanying taxonomical index and time lapse films of the life cycles of seven species, which were created from thousands of high definition stills. Filmmaker David Lynch has called FLOWER "a grand celebration of mother nature's artistry." CREATURE, BIRD, and FLOWER are informed by a conservationist approach.

Zuckerman's work has been commissioned by influential international brands and for inclusion in major private collections.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By BlogOnBooks on November 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
More often than not, a big book on music excels at one of two things - photography or text - but almost never both at once. "Music" by photographer Andrew Zuckerman (Abrams) is the exception. The latest in the series of big, topic-related Zuckerman volumes (his last was entitled "Wisdom"), "Music" combines the thoughts and images of fifty top music-makers from all ends of the spectrum.

Classic rockers (including David Crosby and cover boy Ozzy Osborne) to new wavers (Joe Jackson and Chrissie Hynde) are covered along side rappers (Afrika Bambaata to Common), traditionalists (Burt Bacharach) jazzheads (Ornette Coleman, Dave Brubeck and Herbie Hancock) and outliers (such as Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar) in a clean photo style with full page, self-penned essays to accompany the photos (or is it the other way around?)

What comes across, is one of the best, multi-artist synopsis of the inner-workings of the musician's art available in today's music book market. While the photo set-ups are very stark and similar in nature (utilizing the same basic white backdrop in shoots from London to L.A.) it is the written portraits that vary in degree and nature, but that all provide a window into the process and motivation of each of the performers involved. In fact, despite what looks like a coffee table photobook, it is actually the essays that bring the project to life. Learning what motivates an Ani DiFranco to remain independent, why Billy Corgan never practiced once he went pro or how Sinead O'Connor views her own controversial history are what make these stories great. Given the list of possible candidates for a project like this (where is Elvis Costello?), the only thing this format begs for is more.
Website: musicthebook.com
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By d. woo on November 28, 2012
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Boy was this book a "huge" surprise, and I mean that truely. This book was not only huge in size, but it was in exellent condition and for the price I paid, it was well worth the money. I now have most of the series and I do plan on purchasing more in future.

Thanks for a great book!
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The power of the book will likely be many different things for different people. What's to love are the clear pristine images of an interestingly diverse set of musicians/creators, their personal interview responses which are refreshingly deeper than one often gets in the music press or media, and for me particularly, the thoughtfully edited movie one can download, which offers an intriguing look and listen to many of these artists and industry mavens give more candid views about this crazy thing we call Music. It's also at least an attempt to evolve the coffee table anthology format, with new millennial media integration: documentary video and website. I also like that it focusses on music purely and not so much on the current disruption from new technologies. What's not so great for me is the somewhat sterile contemporary sheen of Zuckerman's photography, and the promise of fuller content that's evoked by the presence of a website and movie [why not more from each artist - they could post their own video responses to the book online on a Vimeo or YouTube channel, and even full interviews] but not explored. Still this is his book, very fair value for the amount of content, and though my personal preference is for more grit, less contrived, dressed-up-for-camera polish in the images and to some degree the movie; all this is more than made up for by a clear commitment to getting closer to the true relationship all these musical minds have with their beloved art form and it's fruits. The full content adds up to a significant contemporary look at a vast subject and makes it an excellent and worthy purchase for any music lover.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 19, 2010
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This very large, heavy coffee table book will give you a huge range of photos and short interviews with musicians, composers and music producers of today. Fifty artists are presented in alphabetical order from Trey Anastasio ending with John Williams. In between you will find Afrika Bambaataa, Clint Black, Ani DiFranco, Iggy Pop, Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller among others.
There are one and sometimes two very close up, blunt pictures of each artist. Their interviews range from ½ page to 2 1/2 pages where they ruminate on their music, their lives and sometimes their beliefs. There are 2 pages of small pictures at the end of each artist at their portrait session and biographies on them. There is a one time access code to download the feature film, `Music' by Andrew Zuckerman included.

This is such a wide collaboration that it would interest many music lovers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christi on November 17, 2012
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Great gift for a music teacher! Awesome for anyone who enjoys music and the people who make it! Enjoyed it
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alex on December 6, 2010
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In addition to the photo coffee book, there is an amazing iPad app to go with Music. The photos are there, but there are also videos and different sorting capabilities, and the app links to music to buy in the iTunes store.
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By Shawheen Blount on August 28, 2011
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I enjoyed the book. It listed some artists that I was really interested in reading about. I learned some new things about my favorite artists. It's a good coffee book to have to catch up on what make musicians tick.
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By fan on June 26, 2011
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This book is $50 everywhere else. Great for fans of real music, not that radio-heavy garbage the big industry shoves at as. Makes a cool coffee table piece, also.
Arrives fast and without damage.
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