Penny de los Santos, a photojournalist for National Geographic and Saveur has posted this video showing some of her work and announcing her class. If you tune into her workshop live May 13 – 15, 2011 – 10:00 am Pacific Time each day, you can watch for free. Oh, and she shot the video off her iPhone- how cool is that?
It's a breath of fresh air to see such honest food photos. I've started to get a bit tired of the same old airbrushed studio shots and the sterile look of food that seems too perfect to eat (it usually is). De los Santos shows a raw grittiness to her work- plates with smudged edges next to napkins and dirty forks, or a shot in a grey kitchen with a line of tickets on the board. She totally gets it, and will show us how we, too, can capture the reality of food and culture without manipulating it.
I can't wait.