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

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