I always make sure to leave my cash at home when visiting ICP because I consistently find books I “need” to own in the adjacent store. This time I discovered Andrew Zuckerman’s project entitled Wisdom. A quote from Amazon sums up the concept quite nicely:
“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.”
If you visit the site you can watch short clips of the interviews, view the portraits, and flip through a sampling of the book. The images are reminiscent of the entry I wrote on “Faces,” but some take on a wider angle. In “the making of” you can see the small studio Zuckerman transported to each location to shoot the photograph and conduct each interview, explaining how this democratizes each historical figure. The myriad of attitudes, perspectives, and nationalities provides a very well-rounded commentary on our place in the world today. Although some of the words feel simplistically idealistic, sometimes that’s what we need.