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Feast for the Eyes - The Story of Food in Photography
Peluquería, Limones, 1979 © Ouka Leele

Feast for the Eyes - The Story of Food in Photography

Nobuyoshi Araki » Guy Bourdin » Imogen Cunningham » William Eggleston » Roe Ethridge » Marion Faller » Rotimi Fani-Kayode » Roger Fenton » Fischli & Weiss » Hollis Frampton » Nan Goldin » Daniel Gordon » Rinko Kawauchi » Russell Lee » Ouka Leele » Laura Letinsky » Man Ray  » Vik Muniz » Nickolas Muray » Helmut Newton » Martin Parr » Martha Rosler » Ed Ruscha » Cindy Sherman » Stephen Shore » Edward Steichen » Hank Willis Thomas » Wolfgang Tillmans » Lorenzo Vitturi » Tim Walker » Andy Warhol » Weegee » Edward Weston » & others

Exhibition: 21 Dec 2018 – 6 Mar 2019

Thu 20 Dec 17:30

Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam

Keizersgracht 609
1017 DS Amsterdam

+31 (0)20-5516500


Sat-Wed 10-18 . Thu, Fri 10-21

Feast for the Eyes - The Story of Food in Photography
New Brighton, England, 1983 - 85 © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos

Feast for the Eyes - The Story of Food in Photography
21 December 2018 - 6 March 2019
opening on Thursday 20 December 2018, 17:30

In December Foam will present the exhibition Feast for the Eyes - The Story of Food in Photography. This exhibition shows the rich history of food photography - not only in the visual arts, but also in commercial and scientific photography and photojournalism. From the banality of the diner-breakfast special of Stephen Shore to the allegorical still life of Laura Letinsky, from Roger Fenton's extensive nineteenth-century displays of food to the cookbooks of the sixties. The extensive exhibition, Feast for the Eyes - The Story of Food in Photography, explores the most important figures and movements in food photography.

Due to the complexity of the form, the meaning of food, and the fact that it is often available, it has become a much-photographed subject through the history of photography. Interest in both food photography and food as a subject has increased in the recent years. By sharing photos on social media platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter, photography has become part of the dining experience itself. Photos of food are rarely just about food, food can represent a lifestyle or a nation, hope or despair, hunger or excess.

Feast for the Eyes - The Story of Food in Photography
Phillip J. Stazzone is on WPA and Enjoys His Favorite Food
as He's Heard That the Army Doesn' t Go in Very Strong for Serving Spaghetti, 1940
© Weegee / International Centre of Photography, Courtesy of Ira and Suzanne Richer

The exhibition explores how food is represented and what its significance can be by means of three themes. For Still Life one of the most popular genres in painting is taken as the starting point. The photographs show how the artists have been inspired by the genre and how it has changed in the course of time. Around the Table looks at the ritual that takes place around food. In addition, this section also deals with cultural identity that is reflected in food. Finally, Playing with your Food shows what happens when humor, fun and irony are combined with food. In addition to the photos there will be a number of cookbooks on display. The books provide an additional visual history and supply context to the photos on the wall.

Feast for the Eyes – The Story of Food in Photography is organised by the Aperture Foundation, New York and curated by Susan Bright and Denise Wolff.

The exhibition is made possible by the Blockbusterfonds.