Published by Steidl. Text by Peter Badge, Sandra Zarrinbal, Aaron Ciechanover, Gunnar Stålsett. Translated by Suzette Capati Paguirigan, Michael Hulse.
German photographer Peter Badge (born 1974) has been traveling the world since 2000 for this comprehensive project. More than 400 encounters have now provided him with incomparable insight into the worlds of those who “have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind”—as Alfred Nobel described it in his last will and testament. This book is, however, much more than the mere “making of” of a long-term photographic undertaking. Ingenious Encounters reflects on the personalities, achievements and lives of the laureates from a unique perspective, both unusual and fascinating. Badge’s impressive accounts of his experiences have been compiled and penned by author Sandra Zarrinbal to create a captivating book that defies categorization—as authentic as a diary, as informative as a work of popular science, as thrilling as an adventure documentary, as touching as a bildungsroman and as amusing as a celebrity biography.
In 2000 German photographer Peter Badge (born 1974) embarked on a long-term project to photograph every living Nobel Laureate. Commissioned by the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, and the Deutsches Museum, and cofunded by the Klaus Tschira Stiftung, this project has taken Badge across the globe to the laureates’ homes, labs, workplaces and even holiday destinations.
His subjects include Elie Wiesel, Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, Doris Lessing, Saul Bellow, J.M. Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer, Harold Pinter, Malala Yousafzai and Elinor Ostrom. “Peter Badge shows us the wonderful gifts that make Nobel Laureates unique--and how they help us connect our interesting differences to our common humanity,” writes Bill Clinton of these images.