Zocolo Public Square – Picturing Food

Taking pictures of food is not a recent food blogger phenomenon. Photographers have been pointing their lenses at food since the invention of the camera. Early photographs captured simple arrangements of seasonal bounties, fruit bowls, platters of vegetables, all akin to still life paintings.

Professional, and more recently amateur photogs, use the medium to not only evoke your appetite, but to bring out the entire experience of the meal. It’s not only about the food, but about the ambiance, the chef (celeb or not), and your dining companions. The photo I took above was part of a “photo-tasting” seminar recently offered by fellow bloggers and photographers to help people with my food photo taking skills. You can’t get away from it. Almost every time I’m out for dinner, I see someone taking a picture of their food.

On the heels of this recent obsession with capturing images of food, the Getty opens its exhibit (April 6-Aug 22), “Tasteful Pictures,” featuring food photographs from the Getty collection. To support the opening Zócalo invites a panel of experts hosted by Evan Kleiman, Host of KCRW’s Good Food and includes Artbites’ Maite Gomez-Rejón, photographer Charlie Grosso, and Gastronomica founding editor Darra Goldstein, to explore the origins of food photography and why we like to look at what we can’t eat.

The panel takes place on April 8th (7pm) at the The Getty Center. Reservations are free, make them online here.

Author:Matt Mitchell

A lover of everything LA has to offer, Matt created Dig Lounge to tell his friends about all the fun things to do in the city. Matt has worked in the dot com world since 1996, including some of the top online entertainment companies and digital marketing firms. He currently works as a Digital Producer.

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