Hear from commissioning editor Denise Wolff on Feast for the Eyes—the first book to explore photography’s rich history of food as a subject, with photographs from across fine art, fashion, photojournalism, and social networking. Author Susan Bright’s introduction and commentary in the book bring insight and intelligence to this spectacular subject, tracing the progression of the genre through key pictures from photography’s beginnings to present day, and featuring artists from all eras—Roger Fenton, Edward Weston, Irving Penn, Stephen Shore, Cindy Sherman, Wolfgang Tillmans, Araki, Sophie Calle, and Martin Parr, to name a few.
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 is the first book to cover food photography’s
rich history—not only in fine art photography, but also in crossover genres such
as commercial and scientific photography and photojournalism. Susan Bright’s
introduction and commentary accompanying the photographs bring insight and
intelligence to this spectacular subject, and trace the progression of the genre from
photography’s beginnings to present day, featuring artists from all eras—Roger
Fenton, Nickolas Muray, Edward Weston, Irving Penn, Stephen Shore, Laura
Letinsky, Wolfgang Tillmans, Nobuyoshi Araki, and Martin Parr, to name a few.
Through key pictures, Bright explores the important figures and movements of food
photography to provide an essential primer.