Just as the evolution of cuisine has changed over the years, so has the photography style and trends that have gourmands flocking to new restaurants and eating fads. A confluence of advertising and art, a new book from the Aperture Foundation takes a sartorial evolution of food photography. From the start of the 1900s to the mid-2010s, Feast for the Eyes takes a careful approach to highlighting the best food art captured by cameras.
Author and arts writer behind Feast for the Eyes, Susan Bright, engages the reader at the beginning of the food photography movement, offering a visual briefing on certain themes in the industry and particularly exquisite photos. Describing the aesthetic value of food photography, Bright explains, "photographs of food are rarely just about food." Beautiful in their own right, the photography is a celebration of artistry.
"They hold our lives and time up to the light," continues Bright. "Food can signify a lifestyle or a nation, hope, or despair, hunger or excess. Ultimately, food is not only about literal taste, but also 'taste' [or] the lifestyle we aspire to and the building blocks of culture itself."
See more from the delicious photography book, here:
Wladimir Schohin, Stiliebern, 1910; from Feast for the Eyes (Aperture, 2017). Courtesy Amatörfotorgrafklubben i Helsingfors rf, Finland
Victor Keppler, [General Mills advertising campaign–Apple Pyequick], 1947; from Feast for the Eyes (Aperture, 2017)
Russell Lee, Serving Pinto Beans at the Pie Town, New Mexico Fair barbeque, 1940; from Feast for the Eyes (Aperture, 2017). Courtesy The Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division