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Celebrity Fad Diets Photographed In the Style of Old Master Paintings

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Beyoncè, Master Cleanse Diet

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Bill Clinton, Cabbage Soup Diet

In Still Diet, Italian photographer Dan Bannino elevates the seeming frivolity of celebrity fad diets to the realm of high art, shooting the often heavily restricted meals consumed by Beyoncè and Gwyneth Paltrow in the style of Old Master still lifes. In his well-lit apartment studio, Bannino imagines the dinner setting after the “meal”. The table, not yet cleared, is still stained and littered with the uneaten remnants and refuse, allowing us to soak in the array of ripened fruit, cold eggs, and smoked cigarettes.

Sprinkled amongst today’s tabloid superstars are legends from the past, like the poet Lord Byron, King Henry VIII, and Venetian nobleman Luigi Cornaro, who throughout the day deprived himself of all nourishment save for the meat of a single egg. Diets both gluttonous and fatally scarce are both seen with the same exacting eye, under the same ethereal, nearly divine light. Here, the centuries seem to compress, bound together by an unsettling, pervasive obsession with food and fame.

Dan_Bannino_08Gwyneth Paltrow, Strict Detox Diet

Dan_Bannino_03Charles Saatchi, Eggs Diet

Dan_Bannino_04Luigi Cornaro, Sober Life

Dan_Bannino_06Kate Moss, Hollywood Diet

Dan_Bannino_07Henry VIII, Banquet Diet

Dan_Bannino_02Simon Cowell, Life Enhancing Diet

Dan_Bannino_05Lord Byron, Romantic Poet’s Diet

via Design Boom

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