A recent New York Times
article reported on an unusual trend—people who take pictures of each meal they consume, sending the snapshots to friends or posting them online. This obsession may be a symptom of the iPhone age, but the impulse to make a quick visual document of what we eat dates back to the invention of the camera. A quirky new exhibit at the Getty Center in Los Angeles brings together more than 40 images of food and drink, from the artfully composed Still Life With Fruit and Decanter
by early photography pioneer Roger Fenton to "British Food," Martin Parr's garishly colored series of culinary grotesqueries—plump sausage links, a wan ice-cream float topped by a fluorescent cherry, and, of course, pale, buttered white bread. Bon appetit!
"In Focus: Tasteful Pictures," until August 22; .
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