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andrew zuckerman: the wisdom project and bird, his new book

For the 2008 documentary film Wisdom, photographer and filmmaker Andrew Zuckerman interviewed and photographed 50 of the most influential individuals in the world today.  Zuckerman, who was inspired by the idea that the wisdom one generation has gained from experience is “the greatest gift one generation can pass to another”, posed the same seven questions to each of his subjects and captured their candid responses on film (and for the book).

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Chuck Close portrait, from the book Widsom

Artists, designers, actors, musicians, writers, political/religious and business leaders – all over the age of 65 – were removed from their context and placed in front of a white background in an effort to keep the dialogue open, honest, revealing. Watch the trailer below for a glimpse of some of the insights the film offers. You can also watch this and a short film about the making of Wisdom here.

Chuck Close shares his thoughts on inspiration for artists:

“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction.”

Read more here


Andrew Zuckerman

Zuckerman’s New Book

The video promo for Bird, Andrew Zuckerman’s most recent book is simply stunning – take a look below, or on his website here. And please go to the book’s website to see images (look for the Blue Throated Macaw…wow!) and more videos, including one about the making of Bird – breathtaking.


Zuckerman photographing an owl for the book Bird


Wisdom: The Greatest Gift One Generation Can Give To Another and Bird are both on Amazon


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