A fascinating set of photographs by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio have been making the rounds this week. The pair traveled around the world in 2007, photographing families displaying one week’s worth of food – a striking set of images now published in their book, Hungry Planet: What the World Eats. You can easily scroll through hi-res copies of some of the images on imgur, but it would be worth your while to slog through Menzel and D’Aluisio’s work in a series two galleries published by TIME in 2007 (galleries one, and two here, as well as a third gallery with other images from the book), since they feature information on each family’s location, weekly expenditures, and favorite meals, as well as the full set of 27 images (not all of which are on imgur).
As revealing as these photographs are, they raise as many questions about the relationship between class, nationality, ethnicity, and access to food; as well as the obvious representativeness of each family of their national origin (this is easily dealt with in the original book, but imgur leaves out all the identifying information so that each photo is just labeled with a country.) Interest and criticism aside, can we just say, can we have Menzel and D’Aluisio’s job? What lucky people to have so many families invite them into their homes – we’re sure they had many good meals come out of the project!