HW#3: Color, Food Photography, and Instagram

Happy Thanksgiving! This week seems an appropriate time to consider color photography and the art of photographing food. Color is very important to creating an appetizing photograph but color photography was not accepted as an art form until the 1970s. William Eggleston is often labelled the “Grandfather” of color photography because of his groundbreaking work in this area. He achieved this status using the labor-intensive dye-transfer process (btw, you will not be tested on processes for the final) to produce luscious colors in photographs of banal subject matter. Read about Eggleston’s color photography and look through his photographs in the link below (the photograph of the red ceiling aka Greenwood, MS is on the short list for the final). In addition, skim through an article about how some are people are using social media to earn money from their food photographs.

Submit a post with either a photo of something you’re eating/cooking over the holiday week and share with your classmates what you think of food photography.

Read about William Eggleston and color photography here.

Read the Wall Street Journal article “Food Instagrammers Turn Their Accounts Into Professions” here. Sadly this article is now behind a pay firewall, therefore, you can listen to the author Sophia Hollander give a synopsis on NPR here.

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