Food and Photography
Sheila Dillon explores the world of commercial food photography. Do they really use mashed potato instead of ice-cream?
Food is photographed a lot. From features in the weekend papers to oozing pudding adverts on TV - from shots on supermarket packaging to the artful single lettuce leaf suspended above the aisle.. It's quite possible that we see more photographs of food than we do real food. In the first of two programmes about portrayal of food, Sheila Dillon explores the world of commercial food photography. Do they REALLY use mashed potato instead of ice-cream? And which image on the cover of a food mag is most likely to shift copies? Sheila is joined by cook/foodwriter, Nigel Slater, to discuss the changing fashions in depicting dinner.