Posts tagged: food photography

‘Killed’ Exhibition Features Food Stylist Victoria Granof’s Editorial Outtakes

Hans Gissinger photography“Brain Food” by Hans Gissinger for American Vogue

It was when all the talk about chocolate as a nutrient (and edamame, fish, and almonds) was reaching a crescendo that we were brought together to make this picture. The crux of the article was whether these foods were enough to meet our nutritional needs. There was talk from the sittings editor about working vitamin capsules into the composition. I brought all the foods to set and some empty vitamin capsules. Hans brought a skull. A human one. The image that ran was minus the human head. That was just too much for Anna.—Victoria Granof

Among the many tantalizing and beautiful food photos that grace the pages of magazines, there are naturally those that never quite make it to print. Killed: Beautiful Food That Never Made the Cut is the newest collaborative exhibition conceived by food stylist Victoria Granof and photographer Craig Cutler that showcases a selection of Granof’s unpublished collaborations with renowned photographers. Here Granof shares the backstory behind a few works from the exhibition, which opens November 21st in New York City, and will include work from Hans Gissinger, Kenji Toma, Mitchell Feinberg, Marcus Nilsson, Ilan Rubin, Anita Calero, Marcus Gaab, Plamen Petkov, and Christian Witkin. Mementos from Granof’s decade-long collaboration with the great Irving Penn will also be on display.

Kenji Toma photography“Ice Capades” by Kenji Toma for Every Day With Rachael Ray

Thank you, food team at Every Day With Rachael Ray, for coming up with the weirdly wonderful idea of freezing every known thing in cubes—Tabasco, horseradish and jalapeno, lemonade and basil shreds. Milk dyed red, white, and blue! Thank you, photo team at Every Day With Rachael Ray, for knowing enough to hire Kenji Toma to shoot this. And thank you, Toma-san, for bringing me into this with you. They could have been…just ice cubes. The magazine ran several of the meticulously lit, Stonehenge-like compositions, and they were stunning. But it wasn’t until we cleaned out all the rejects from the freezer that we found this image, melting away on the drainboard.—Victoria Granof

 Thomas Michael Alleman and Linda V. Lewis photography“Sweet Sicily” by Thomas Michael Alleman and Linda V. Lewis

In 1999, I took my paltry first-time-author’s advance, along with the photo team of Thomas Michael Alleman and Linda V. Lewis, and my friend Monica and her impeccable palate to Sicily. There, we spent weeks photographing and documenting the pasticcerie of the island, for my book, Sweet Sicily, with the unfortunate publication date of September 10, 2001. One day in Palermo, after having crashed our rental car in a ghetto, we took refuge in a café in an alley somewhere. The chef rolled up in his souped-up Ducati with his heroin-addicted wife and commenced to flambé a cassata, then sprinkle azure crystal dust on it “to simulate the ocean.” When we came back the next day with cameras, he had cleaned up his act and donned boring chef’s whites. From somewhere he produced boringly perfect cassatas on paper doilies that looked like everyone else’s. So boring, Tom didn’t even bother to load film after this one shot. But the wife still lurked in her original state.—Victoria Granof

This post was contributed by photographer Helen Grace Ventura Thompson.

Painterly, Delicate Photographs of Everyday Foods


Maine-based mixed media artist Shoshannah White makes basic everyday ingredients look bold yet beautiful and delicate. With this series, White chose domestic food items that have been stocking pantries for years to explore how these items sweeten, preserve, and decay. White uses encaustic over photographs, shooting the images with an analog film camera, scanning, retouching and digitally printing the images before painting over them with a hot, molten wax to create a soft and ghostly, glowing effect. The wax is translucent and somewhat reflective, so the work changes as you shift your viewing angle, hiding and revealing different areas of the photographic image.

Photos of Repulsive Food by ‘Male Chef’


Perhaps as a reaction to or because of the current climate of food enthusiasts, NYC-based photographer Chris Maggio’s Male Chef is a refreshing, welcome look at what food is in his world. The series, which started out as a Tumblr, displays food—in its many forms—that can be found in his environment. The images are stark and of a point-and-shoot aesthetic, and they are a pleasure to look at because they are, in fact, rooted in a reality to which many people can relate. We sat down with Maggio to hear more about where he’s coming from, his aesthetic, and who the real Male Chef is in the Maggio clan.

Famous Works of Art Re-imagined Using Sausage


Karsten Wegener is a Berlin-based photographer with a particular penchant for sausages. His series Art in Sausage takes influence from famous paintings that he reimagines with meat products sourced from supermarkets and local butchers. Working with food stylist Raik Holst and designer Silke Baltruschat, each image is carefully crafted—I have to say Van Gogh’s sunflowers might be my favorite—a sausage bouquet made of Mortadella slices and single wiener-sausages.

Curious and Colorful Fishing Lures Created with Food

Florent Tanet

French photographer Florent Tanet is no stranger to transforming food beyond recognition. Frequenting grocery stores and local markets, Tanet hunts for “ingredients” to compose his sculptures. His newest series Fishing takes us further into the world of graphic gastronomy with a quirky combination of object and edibles mimicking lures certain to catch strange creatures. Tanet’s perspective stretches the notion of the classic still life, as well as illustrating a critical understanding of design and form. Images from his series A Colorful Winter was recently shown at Feature Shoot’s Fruitland in Photoville 2013.

‘Fruitland’ a Group Show of Strange Fruit Photos, Opening at Photoville, Brooklyn

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Is it strange that when I look at certain fruit I find myself a bit aroused. Almost like it’s trying to seduce me. By overwhelming my senses. Like it wants to be devoured. Like we’re meant to be together. Fruit tempts us with enlightenment. We’ve struggled to portray their beauty. Crossed lands to find them. Fought wars over them. But somewhere along the way we’ve stripped them of their power. Reduced to a still life, fruit has become predictable. Or has it?
The Fruit Hunters, 2012

Feature Shoot is pleased to present the group exhibition, Fruitland, a collection of strange still life photographs of fruit by 20 international photographers, at this year’s Photoville Festival in Brooklyn. Much like picking the perfect piece of ripe, delicious-looking fruit from a tree, I’ve spent the last year searching hundreds of photographers’ websites for the freshest and strangest takes on nature’s sweetener. Perhaps as a response or antidote to the labored and moody Dutch still life-inspired food photography that has been proliferating in galleries over the past decade, young photographers are now challenging themselves to take a regular piece of fruit and make it special, adding an array of strange, unique twists.

Featuring Athos Burez, Catherine Losing, Christian Hagemann, Daan Brand, Daniel Evans and Brendan Baker, Daniel Stier, Dominic Davies, Federico Ciamei, Florent Tanet, Gilda Davidian, Heather Rasmussen, Kyoko Hamada, Maciek Pozoga, Maryanne Casasanta, Mate Moro and Aron Filkey, Maxime Guyon, Nico Krijno, and Wyne Veen.

‘Fad Diets’: A Visual Feast


Los Angeles-based photographer and curator Stephanie Gonot came up with her series Fad Diets when she was thinking about how she might eat differently if confronted with a picture of all the food she had eaten in a day. She used to log what she ate everyday for a period of time when she was younger in order to change her eating habits, but she wondered if pictures would have been more effective as she is such a visual person. This made her question if people would diet differently—or at all—if they could see visual representations of what they were or weren’t putting into their bodies. This idea, plus her interest in stock and bad food photography, led her down a strange and wonderful path to create this eye-catching series.

Photos of Pre-Manufactured Desserts Shot in the Style of Late 20th Century Cookbooks


“Don’t expect recipes here nor any kind of instruction on how to prepare or devour the delicacies” says Netherlands-based photographer Antje Peters’ about her book Desserts, published last year by Automatic Books. The images in the book are an interesting mix of solitary fruit items and pre-manufactured desserts found in supermarkets across Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Clever QR Codes Composed of Avocados and Lemons

avocado qr code

San Francisco-based photographer Annabelle Breakey does some wonderfully creative things with food, in particular this rather inventive commissioned piece for Taco Bell. Working with stylist Heidi Gintner, the highly detailed QR codes were captured in their entirety as a single image with minimal retouching.

Clever Fruit Mashups Photographed by Rene Mesman

Rene Mesman

Amsterdam-based photographer Rene Mesman does some rather interesting things with food. Working with raw food, he aims to get us thinking about our relationship with food and what we eat. He admires the lighting techniques used in old paintings and likes to keep things visually basic, simple and graphic. With the help of talented food stylists, Claartje Lindhout and Hanna van den Bos, Mesman’s food combinations mirror the gastronomic experiments of Heston Blumenthal and Ferran Adrià. The mismatch apple-pear and pea-blackberries are simple yet striking. I’m sure I’m not the only one who did a double take on the fish-pineapple.