The first gallery in the world to focus solely on food photography by a single artist opened May 23 at The Forum Shops of Caesars Palace. Modernist Cuisine Gallery features groundbreaking works of photographer, chef, scientist and cookbook author Nathan Myhrvold, who takes enthusiasts to the intersection of fine art, food photography and science.
The gallery sells limited-edition prints of food photography by Nathan found in books he authored: “Modernist Cuisine: The Art & Science,” “Modernist Cuisine at Home,” “The Photography of Modernist Cuisine” and “Modernist Bread” on sale this fall.
I took an advance tour of the gallery with Nathan as he raved about images his cameras captured. “Some of the photos we captured on the second take. Others took hours longer, and the wine glasses shot involved us going through 10 cases of red wine until we had the perfect image,” he said.
I told him my favorite was the dropped olive in a martini glass. “We were very fortunate with that one. It was the second shot,” he shared. Just a small taste of the sights on display include wine glasses dancing in a tempest of red, raspberries plunging through pristine water and an unsuspecting group of French fries in the path of a suspended blast of ketchup.
Nathan captured photography through camera lenses at his culinary laboratory. Each print is produced using the highest-quality and most-durable print methods, and the opening collection debuts stunning photos and iconic images from the books. The prints will be available in several frame, media and size options, including large-scale options for big spaces, for global shipping.
It was nearly a decade ago when Nathan recognized an exciting opportunity to forge a new genre in food photography: Portray food in unexpected ways that fascinate viewers and illustrate science at work in cooking.
The culinary and photography world latched onto his approach in 2011 with “Modernist Cuisine: The Art & Science,”…