Feast for the Eyes - The Story of Food in Photography

21 Dec 2018 – 6 Mar 2019

Foam Fotografiemuseum

North Holland, Netherlands


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Feast for the Eyes 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, 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.

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.

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Exhibiting artists

William Eggleston

Peter Fischli and David Weiss

Hank Willis Thomas

Marion Faller and Hollis Frampton

Man Ray

Wolfgang Tillmans

Imogen Cunningham

Martha Rosler

Guy Bourdin

Roger Fenton

Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Vic Muniz

Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha

Paul Beach

Stephen Shore

Laura Letinsky

Daniel Gordon

Lorenzo Vitturi

Edward Steichen

Tim Walker

Nickolas Muray

Edward Weston

Helmut Newton

Roe Ethridge


Russell Lee

Nobuyoshi Araki

Rinko Kawauchi

Martin Parr

Rotimi Fani-Kayode

Nan Goldin


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