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Product Details

  • Series: Wisdom
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Pap/DVD edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810984385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810984387
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,551,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Andrew Zuckerman was born in Washington DC in 1977. After an internship at the International Center of Photography in New York, he attended New York University’s School of Visual Arts to study photography and film, and graduated in 1999. His photography and film work has been commissioned extensively for leading international brands, and he has received numerous awards including the D&AD Yellow Pencil award for excellence in photography. 
Wisdom, a book, film, and traveling exhibition, was launched in October 2008, and is Zuckerman's most ambitious project to date. With the support of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, he traveled the globe to photograph and interview the world’s most eminent elders, creating a comprehensive account of their perspectives and an inspirational record to pass down for generations.

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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By watchit on April 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
Unless wisdom brings incoherence with it, Andrew Zuckerman -- or, more specifically, his copy editor -- has done a disservice to the people interviewed in this cute little book. Far too many profiles have either a typo or a mis-transcription that makes the interviewee's thoughts difficult to grasp or strangely unwise. It also seems, from the lineup of just this book, that Zuckerman's idea of wisdom seems to be confined to English-speaking white people who have lost their eyelashes. Nice concept, great packaging, poor follow-through. Smug, actually.
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This isn't a storybook, and it will not tell you how to be a 'better' person. As a narrative of the insights and thoughts of prominent people we may or may not have considered 'wise', this book's story will be different for each person. I found their words thought-provoking and illuminating. The photography is nothing short of magnificent.
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By P. J. Moran on November 21, 2011
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The photographs alone would make this book worthwhile for an artist. The text alone
would make this book "good" for the rest of us. Together, the words and pictures make
a lovely lovely book. I bought the smaller version for my son.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bandit on December 24, 2010
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I think its a very neat book- i saw a review on it- so ordered it as a
book for my brothers 70's birthday end of January-- I am sure he will
like it since i put alot of $$ inside it
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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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