Thanks to our friend Marina for alerting us to this supremely appropriate link. Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin are photographers that work with the themes of food and travel in creative ways, such as creating world maps made out of a representative food from that country. The US is represented by corn, China by noodles, and France by bread and cheese. Do you agree with the representative foods chosen?
Photographer Emily Blincoe has an amazing photo series called “Colors Organized Neatly”. The title is pretty self-explanatory and the results are stunning. While she focuses on artful agglomerations of all kinds of objects, we are especially intrigued by her arrangements of food, including the pepper ensemble and candy below. Definitely check out her entire photoset for more creative shots of color-coordinated objects.
French photographer Jean-François Mallet has a lovely (somewhat) new book called “Take Away” which is an amazing chronicle of street food sellers and customers from all over the world. We were intrigued by his pictures of both familiar and new takes on street food. You can check out some more of Mallet’s food and travel photography on his portfolio site.
A mobile bread vendor in Beirut, Lebanon by Jean-François Mallet
I was first introduced to Marcus Nilsson’s photography by a feature in Swallow Magazine about food culture in Mexico City. Intrigued, I then went on the peruse some of his portfolio, and I love all of the travel food images. Here is a very small sample of some of his captivating photography from around the globe. A former chef, Nilsson talks to Fstoppers about his photography philosophy.
Marcus Nilsson: Parma
Marcus Nilsson: Marrakesh
Marcus Nilsson: Detroit
Marcus Nilsson: Mexico City
Marcus Nilsson: Spain
In honor of Mother’s Day: Gabriele Galimberti’s photo series “Delicatessen with Love” focuses on food that Grandmothers make all around the world. The photo series was born from a conversation with his own Italian grandmother, who was worried about what he would eat when photographing around the world.
Marisa Batini – Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy (The photographer’s Grandma)
“In that occasion I said to my grandma ‘You know, Grandma, there are many other grandmas around the world and most of them are really good cooks,” Galimberti wrote via email. “I’m going to meet them and ask them to cook for me so I can show you that you don’t have to be worried for me and the food that I will eat!’ This is the way my project was born!”
Ana Lucia Souza Pascoal – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Grandmas are from diverse locations ranging from Iceland to Fiji to Malawi. In each diptych, the featured Grandmother is pictured first with the ingredients to her signature dish, and then the completed dishes are shown. Some of the stories even come with recipes, including Ana Lucia Souza Pascoal’s Feijoada. You can see the whole 47-part photo series at Riverboom. You can also submit your own tribute to your Grandma’s cooking through the Twitter tag #grandmacooks.
Thilaga Vadhi – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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).
The Celik family of Istanbul. We’d like to stay with them!
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!
Root Vegetables with Truffle Vinaigrette, by Chef Eric Briffard, Le Cinq
London-based photographer Richard Haughton specializes in capturing dishes by some of the world’s most creative chefs. Feature Shoot has an interview with Haughton, where he describes his techniques.
Do you work with a stylist to create the images?
“I don’t, it’s not necessary with these kinds of chefs. I work directly with the chef, deciding the best visual point of view for a particular dish, the best kind of plate, the best presentation.”
A kitchen in Havana – photograph by Ellen Silverman
Photographer Ellen Silverman did a wonderful photo series called “Spare Beauty: The Cuban Kitchen,” documenting kitchens around Havana, Cuba, and NPR did a short piece about the project. I’m definitely impressed by the ingenuity and personality of these kitchens. You can see the entire photo series on Silverman’s website.
The visual aspects of food are some of the most appealing to me – who could deny the awesome colors and textures. One art director that has caught my eye is Robert Festino, who does work for Bon Appetit. I found more information about his work through DesignWorkLife. Who could resist these colors?
We love food, and we love photos. So what could be better than websites that feature nothing but food photos. Though there are many permutations of food photo blogs, our favorites are the constantly-updating grid-style sites that feature multiple pictures at a time. Our 3 favorite sites so far are: Photograzing, TasteSpotting, and FoodGawker . All these photos are user-submitted, which makes us believe maybe we can make some of these beautiful recipes ourselves. For now though…it’s fun to look.