Wisdom: The Greatest Gift One Generation Can Give to Another

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Harry N. Abrams, Oct 1, 2008 - Photography - 216 pages
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Each one of us can be an oasis of peace.—Desmond Tutu


Inspired by the idea that wisdom is the greatest gift one generation can give to another, award-winning photographer and filmmaker Andrew Zuckerman interviewed, photographed and filmed 50 of the world’s great writers, actors, artists, designers, politicians, musicians and religious and business leaders of our time. He posed seven questions to each of his subjects—all over 65 years of age—and their candid responses offer uniquely inspirational and often surprising insights.


Thoughts from Nelson Mandela, Frank Gehry, Judi Dench, The Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Clint Eastwood, Ted Kennedy, Robert Redford, Vaclav Havel, Terence Conran, Buzz Aldrin, Lou Reed, Willie Nelson, Madeline Albright, Jane Goodall, Burt Bacharach, Andrew Wyeth, Vanessa Redgrave, Nadine Gordimer and many more reveal lifetimes of adversity and triumph, and present intimate insights into very public lives.


Beautifully photographed and accompanied by a documentary DVD, Wisdom is above all a timeless gift and a deeply revealing portrait of the common experiences that unite generations.

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Review: Wisdom: 50 Unique and Original Portraits

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Some of the writing in this is truly great. Some is okay. Inevitably, when trying to gather wisdom, some of the material will contradict other material. The photographs are lovely. Read full review

Review: Wisdom: 50 Unique and Original Portraits

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One of those coffee table books that you can read small bit after a small bit slowly or with long pauses and still get the most of it. Highly recommended for those lost in their life: as most of the ... Read full review

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Andrew Zuckerman 
Andrew Zuckerman was born in Washington D.C., 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 numerous brands throughout the world and has received many awards, including the D&AD Yellow Pencil award for excellence in photography. 

Zuckerman's first film, High Falls, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007 before going on to win Best Short Narrative at the Woodstock Film Festival. His last book, Creature, was published worldwide in November 2007. 

Alex Vlack 
Alex Vlack was born in New York in 1974. He has produced documentaries for television and media installations for museums. In 2006 he co-founded Late Night and Weekends with Andrew Zuckerman, where they create books, films, and broadcast content. He wrote and produced High Falls, and produced and co-directed Still Bill, a feature documentary about Bill Withers.Andrew Zuckerman is a New York–based photographer and director, and the author of Creature.

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