In an age of food styling, Instagram, avocado and #foodporn it's easy to forget that food wasn't always presented in the picture perfect glossy images we're regularly bombarded with on social media channels.
Fortunately, Feast for the Eyes is the new book from Aperture Foundation to set the record straight. In a unique and intriguing collection of photos the author and art writer Susan Bright serves up some of the the most fascinating ways in which food has been captured on camera and shared since the early 20th century.
100 Years of Food Photography
In fact, this is the probably the ultimate guide to food photography, charting 100 years of food photography, chronicaling the life and times of the influence of food, from commercial photography to fine art. The added bonus being each image serves as a wider narrative of the time giving glimpses of cultural, politcal, social and economic issues of the moment.
Part food art, part social commentary the collection allows us to re-acquaint and reflect on the massive journey food has taken at the hands of an expert narrator, Bright, who reminds us that the "photographs of food are rarely just about food."
Favourite photographers like Martin Parr feature alongside artists across generations including Roger Fenton, Nickolas Muray, Victor Keppler, Edward Weston, Irving Penn, Stephen Shore, Cindy Sherman, Wolfgang Tillmans, Nobuyoshi Araki and Sophie Calle to name a few.
Take a look inside below.
Feast for the Eyes by Susan Bright is published by Aperture.