Food Photography in a “Feast for the Eyes”

Food Photography in a “Feast for the Eyes”
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Photographing plates on the table and sharing the images seems to be an integral part of any respectable meal today - thanks, of course, to social networks and the world of food design, even the simplest dishes take a pose for their moment of glory. But it wasn’t always like that. For Weegee or Man Ray, allowing food to speak through the objective lens was a question of spirit and imagination, and there’s was no saying that the food spoke for itself. At the Photographers’ Gallery, 140 photos retrace the history of food photography - from black and white to silver gelation prints to the most original contemporary creations, moving on to the first colour experiments, the exhibition offers art photos, quotidian snapshots, journalistic work, fashion shots and advertisements. The visions of artists like Nobuyoshi Araki, Nan Goldin, Martin Parr, Cindy Sherman, Wolfgang Tillmans inhabit an itinerary where gastronomical images often evoke more ample and profound questions. The ideas of wealth and poverty, consumption, desire, tradition, gender, race, pleasure and repulsion leap out of this densely symbolic kingdom. The exhibition is broken into three distinct sections conceived by curators Susan Bright and Denise Wolff. While Still Life traces a parallel with painting, reconstructing the history of a transversal genre, Around the Table concentrates on the ritual developed around cooking and nutrition as elements of cultural identity. Finally, Playing with Food shows the more playful, ironic and funny side of food photography.
Francesca Grego - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London