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Hungry eyes: a new exhibition explores the history of food photography

Move over Instagram, ‘Feast for the Eyes,’ a new show at the Photographers’ Gallery in London, explores the history of the genre through some of photography’s biggest names.

Long before food was a network and the telephone a recording device for every morsel you eat, professional photographers owned the realm of food photography and were as compulsive about shooting it as the rest of us.

Feast for the Eyes, a new show at the Photographers’ Gallery in London, explores the history of the genre through 140 images captured by some of photography’s biggest names, including Nan Goldin, Man Ray, Edward Steichen, Wolfgang Tillmans, Nobuyoshi Araki, Cindy Sherman and Stephen Shore.

Weegee's 1940 image of Phillip J. Stazzone devouring his favorite food.
Weegee's 1940 image of Phillip J. Stazzone devouring his favorite food.(Weegee / The Photographers' Gallery)

From Weegee’s 1940 shot of a man greedily devouring a bowl of spaghetti to Jo Ann Callis’ 1994 image of a pie posed on satin-like a pinup girl, food has provided a rich subject for photographers exploring wealth, greed, identity, poverty, sexuality and humor straight from the plate. No doubt that in a few decades, our Instagram feeds will reveal as much about us.

Feast for the Eyes: The Story of Food in Photography at the Photographers’ Gallery in London runs through February 9. thephotographersgallery.org.uk

Ed Ruscha's 1981 still life
Ed Ruscha's 1981 still life(Ed Ruscha / The Photographers' Gallery)

Michalene Busico, Restaurant Critic. Michalene brings a global perspective to the Dallas dining scene with a career that includes being the food editor at the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and Robb Report. Until she left the West Coast for Dallas in 2018, she also ate her way around the world as an Academy Chair for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

michalene.busico@dallasnews.com /michalene.busico @michaleneb

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