Feast for the Eyes: The Story of Food in Photography
Curated by Susan Bright and Denise Wolff

jones strand weston muray shore muniz gordon

From basic sustenance to savory repasts, food awakens the senses and touches both private and public life. It can be political, religious, aspirational, commercial, creative, symbolic, national, and regional. Food’s complexity of form and meaning—and the fact that it’s often at hand—have made it a much-photographed subject throughout the history of photography. Interest in both food photography and food as a subject has risen in recent years, and this exhibition covers food photography’s rich history—not only in fine-art photography, but also in crossover genres such as commercial and scientific photography and photojournalism. This exhibition traces the progression of the genre from the early twentieth century to present day, featuring artists from all eras—Charles Jones, Nickolas Muray, Victor Keppler, Edward Weston, Irving Penn, Stephen Shore, Laura Letinsky, Wolfgang Tillmans, Nobuyoshi Araki, and Martin Parr, to name a few.

Susan Bright is a curator and writer. Her published books include Art Photography Now (2005), Face of Fashion (2007), How We Are: Photographing Britain (2007: co-authored with Val Williams) Auto Focus (2010) and Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood (2013). The exhibition How We Are: Photographing Britain was the first major exhibition of British photography at Tate. The exhibition of Home Truths (Photographers’ Gallery and the Foundling Museum and traveling to MoCP, Chicago and Belfast Exposed ) was named one of the top exhibitions of 2013/2014 by The Guardian and The Chicago Tribune. Bright was visiting scholar at the Art Institute Boston in 2014. She currently lives in Paris.  

Denise Wolff is senior editor at Aperture and is known for her work with both contemporary and historic photography. Prior to Aperture, she was the commissioning editor for photography at Phaidon Press. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to work on many beautiful books, including monographs with such established photographers as Roger Ballen, Mary Ellen Mark, Martin Parr, and Stephen Shore, as well as first books, retrospectives, and large survey anthologies on a variety of subjects—from portraiture to photographic albums.

This exhibition includes approximately 120 framed photographs. Also includes classic cookbooks and contemporary food journals in vitrines.

Participation Fee:
Please contact Annette Booth at abooth@aperture.org or (212) 946-7128 to discuss pricing.

This exhibition is available January 2018 through 2020.