Food Photography, part 4

14 Aug

What the World Eats

What the World Eats

The Dong family in the living room of their one-bedroom apartment in Beijing, with a week's worth of food. © 2005 Peter Menzel from 'Hungry Planet: What the World Eats'

Thanks to EatingIthaca (http://twitter.com/eatingithaca) I stumbled upon a project from 1995 called Hungry Planet by Peter Menzel. Menzel is the author and photographer behind Material World in which he traveled the globe and photographed families with all their worldly belongings spread out infront of their home.

(Read more and see more photos below)

In his book Hungry Planet he uses a similar method, but focuses on what families around the world eat in an average week.We can raise a lot of critiques and questions regarding how Menzel chooses the families he photographs, whether these photos sensationalize or build on stereotypes, and the message these photographs carry with them. However, we can’t question the power of these images. They demand we look at food, globalization, justice, hunger, and sustenance in new ways.

I have taken these photos and captions from the NPR story they did on this book, but you should also be sure to check out the slide show at Time magazine and pick up Menzel’s books at your local bookstore.

What the World Eats

The Mendoza family and a servant in their courtyard in Todos Santos Cuchumatán, Guatemala, with a week's worth of food. © 2005 Peter Menzel from 'Hungry Planet: What the World Eats'

What the World Eats

The Aboubakar family of Darfur province, Sudan, in front of their tent in the Breidjing Refugee Camp, in eastern Chad, with a week's worth of food. © 2005 Peter Menzel from 'Hungry Planet: What the World Eats'

What the World Eats

The Melander family -- Jörg, 45, and Susanne, 43, with sons Kjell, 10, and Finn, 14 -- in the dining room of their home in Bargteheide, Germany, with a week's worth of food. © 2005 Peter Menzel from 'Hungry Planet: What the World Eats'

What the World Eats

The Revis family in the kitchen of their home in suburban Raleigh, N.C., with a week's worth of food. © 2005 Peter Menzel from 'Hungry Planet: What the World Eats'

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: