Daily Picture Show

Food Photography Is Nothing New

The popularity of FoodSpotting, a self-described "community-driven visual potluck," and other such user-generated networks might suggest that food photography is the newest craze. To an extent, it is. But let's get real: People have always loved food, and artists have been serving up their interpretations for centuries.

A photo exhibition at New York's Robert Mann Gallery titled Food For Thought presents a wide-ranging visual feast of photos that have at least one obvious thing in common: Food. Even Ansel Adams took food photos! Post your favorite feast to our Flickr.

  • Untitled (Illustration for coffee advertisement), 1940
    Hide caption
    Untitled (Illustration for coffee advertisement), 1940
    Paul Outerbridge/Estate of Paul Outerbridge/Courtesy of Robert Mann Gallery
  • Untitled (Still Life with Grapes), 1912
    Hide caption
    Untitled (Still Life with Grapes), 1912
    Edwin Hale Lincoln/Estate of Edwin Hale Lincoln/Courtesy of Robert Mann Gallery
  • Phenix Cheese (with apron & hands), 1924
    Hide caption
    Phenix Cheese (with apron & hands), 1924
    Margaret Watkins/Estate of Margaret Watkins/Courtesy of Robert Mann Gallery
  • Cuisine (Kitchen), from the portfolio Electricite, 1931
    Hide caption
    Cuisine (Kitchen), from the portfolio Electricite, 1931
    Man Ray/Man Ray Trust/Courtesy of Robert Mann Gallery
  • Fish Platter, Brittany, France, 1935
    Hide caption
    Fish Platter, Brittany, France, 1935
    Fred Stein/Estate of Fred Stein/Courtesy of Robert Mann Gallery
  • Rest for the Stomach, 1935
    Hide caption
    Rest for the Stomach, 1935
    Leslie Gill/Estate of Leslie Gill/Courtesy of Robert Mann Gallery
  • Chicago, circa 1951
    Hide caption
    Chicago, circa 1951
    Harry Callahan/Estate of Harry Callahan/Courtesy of Robert Mann Gallery
  • Les Pains de Picasso, 1952
    Hide caption
    Les Pains de Picasso, 1952
    Robert Doisneau/Estate of Robert Doisneau/Courtesy of Robert Mann Gallery
  • My Window, 1952
    Hide caption
    My Window, 1952
    Josef Sudek/Estate of Josef Sudek/Courtesy of Robert Mann Gallery
  • 240 Sullivan Street, 1963
    Hide caption
    240 Sullivan Street, 1963
    David Vestal/Courtesy of Robert Mann Gallery
  • At the Chateau d'Artigny, Montbazon, France, 1981
    Hide caption
    At the Chateau d'Artigny, Montbazon, France, 1981
    Leo Rubinfien/Courtesy of Robert Mann Gallery
  • Still Life with Twist, Venice, Italy, 1995
    Hide caption
    Still Life with Twist, Venice, Italy, 1995
    Douglas Mellor/Courtesy of Robert Mann Gallery
  • Untitled (Valentina's kitchen), 1999-2003
    Hide caption
    Untitled (Valentina's kitchen), 1999-2003
    Gail Albert Halaban/Courtesy of Robert Mann Gallery
  • Untitled (Kitchen, Memphis, Tennessee), 2001
    Hide caption
    Untitled (Kitchen, Memphis, Tennessee), 2001
    William Eggleston/Estate of William Eggleston/Courtesy of Robert Mann Gallery
  • Abby, 2006
    Holly Andres/Courtesy of Robert Mann Gallery
  • Figs and Morning Glories, After G.G., 2010
    Hide caption
    Figs and Morning Glories, After G.G., 2010
    Paulette Tavormina/Courtesy of Robert Mann Gallery

1 of 16

View slideshow i

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

Support comes from: