Andrew Zuckerman’s multi-disciplinary practice spans photography, narrative, documentary, and conceptual film. He is known for applying a multi-tiered approach to his subject matter and creating neutral, clarified spaces to facilitate the viewer’s access to the material.
Zuckerman is deeply engaged in an investigation of our relationship to the natural world, which he explores through photographic and film-based works focused largely on living specimens. Establishing precise scale relationships within a framework of decontextualization, organizational systems, and technical acumen, Zuckerman’s hyper-real images create unique correlation points between the viewer and subject. Many of the photographs from the series have been three published volumes: Creature (2007), Bird (2009), and Flower (2012). His immersive investigation within this sphere has extended to multiple special projects and brand collaborations including a year-long curatorial investigation of designed objects that bring nature closer to the living environment for Chamber Gallery in New York, and a 2014 installation of four films commissioned by Dries Van Noten for the Barneys Madison Avenue flagship windows. Most recently, he created a body of work for the California Academy of Sciences as their 2016 Osher Fellow.
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 Herbie Hancock for the Music film and book.
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. Zuckerman’s books have been translated into numerous languages and published in 18 international editions. His works have been acquired by public institutions and private collectors.
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