Andrew Zuckerman Launches Wisdom Book and Exhibition

Andrew Zuckerman's portraits are seen on display at the Wisdom book and exhibition launch at the State Library of NSW Galleries on October 16, 2008 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Andrew Zuckerman respects his elders. In fact, he thinks that America's youth-obsessed culture has a lot to learn from the over-65 crowd. At just 30 years old himself, Zuckerman has created a sort of tribute to the generation before him, highlighting what we can take away from their experiences to enlighten our own.

The result is Wisdom, which was made in both a book and a film medium. The book features photos and interviews with the subjects, while the film shows them speaking live. And don't expect to see an average grandpa on the screen; Zuckerman told the Times Online that the first elder onboard the project was A
rchbishop Desmond Tutu, who offers his insights into both apartheid and how to maintain a happy marriage.

From there, the project gained participation from some of the most influential people in recent American history, including Ted Kennedy, Madeleine Albright, Willie Nelson, Henry Kissinger and, finally, Nelson Mandela.

Some nuggets of Wisdom to take away:

“The key to a good relationship is absolutely, undoubtedly: don’t take the person for granted. Don’t ever think that they’re going to come back to you just because you happen to be married. Always make the effort; and hopefully don’t make the effort recognisably." - Dame Judi Dench

“Take your profession seriously; don’t take yourself seriously. Don’t take yourself seriously in the process, because you really only matter to a certain degree in the whole circus out here. If a person is confident enough in the way they feel, whether it’s an art form or whether it’s just in life, it comes off – you don’t have anything to prove; you can just be what you are.” - Clint Eastwood

“It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another. Peace is the greatest weapon for development that any people can have." - Nelson Mandela 

Read more from the Times Online to learn what each interviewee had to say, and see Zuckerman's photos in the gallery below.


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  • Wisdom Book & Exhibition Launch
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