Andrew Zuckerman (American, b.1977)
Andrew Zuckerman’s multi-disciplinary practice spans photography, narrative, documentary, and conceptual film, as well as collaborations with influential international brands. Zuckerman’s work typically reflects a multi-tiered investigation into a given subject matter, translated in his signature minimalist visual language. He presents his subjects in a neutral, clarified space in order to draw out their essential qualities and facilitate the viewer’s access to the material.
For several years, Zuckerman has been deeply invested in an exploration of the natural world. Since 2007, he has produced a body of work that encompasses over 500 species of birds, animals, and plant life. Much of the series has been collected in three published volumes: Creature (2007), Bird (2009), and Flower (2012). Photographic and film works have been exhibited internationally and retained in permanent collections. He is currently expanding the project to include space and the sea.
Zuckerman has maintained an ongoing portrait practice throughout his career, utilizing both still photography and filmed interview formats to examine cross sections of human perspectives and experiences. With the support of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, he released Wisdom in 2008 as a book, feature length documentary film, and traveling exhibition. Over 50 individuals from across disciplines participated in the project, including Nelson Mandela, Andrew Wyeth, Jane Goodall, and Edward Kennedy. The ongoing Wisdom traveling exhibition has been mounted in New York, Los Angeles, Dublin, Sydney, and Toronto. Following Wisdom, Zuckerman photographed and interviewed musicians including Iggy Pop, Ornette Coleman, Yoko Ono, and Adam Levine for the Music film and book, which were released in 2010.
Zuckerman has sustained a flexible practice that includes curatorial projects, narrative and conceptual film, and a collaboration at the executive level with Apple from 2009 through 2013. Additional projects include the film “High Falls,” which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and was awarded Best Short Film at the Woodstock Film Festival the same year, and a 2014 installation of four films commissioned by Dries Van Noten for the Barneys Madison Avenue flagship windows. His books have been translated into numerous languages and published in 18 international editions. Zuckerman lives with his family in New York City.