The 170-Year History of Food Photography

The first image of food wasn’t avocado toast—instead it was a still life of fruit, shot by William Henry Fox Talbot (a British scientist and mathematician, best known as a pioneer photographer and the inventor of several photog processes). Influenced by traditional painting, food photography took some time to develop on its own—in 1927, Edward Steichen was commissioned by the Stehli Silk Corporation to “produce …