I got to attend an incredible event in Malmö yesterday, called Eating With The Chefs, after a book of the same name. It was an event organized by Fujifilm for a small group of customers and retailers, hosted by the inimitable Per-Anders Jorgensen, Eating With The Chefs creator, photographer and co-founder of FOOL Magazine, at the magazine’s headquarters in Malmö, Sweden.
Getting to hear Per-Anders Jörgensen share his insights as a photographer of the world’s greatest chefs (and their food), had that rare effect of making me want to throw my cameras away, while infused with a mad desire to make pictures.
This is photography at its best: inflamed, driven, transcendental.
It was an honour to meet, interview, and share a sublime meal with Per-Anders.
Some pictures, made during filming breaks of P-A’s presentation.
(I am astonished find myself saying all this, considering I have zero interest in the food world.)
That first image made me think of Fellini’s 8 1/2 – a beautiful black & white film.
Spot on Håkan. In the last issue of Fool, that series on Massimo is accompanied by Fellini quotes. That particular picture has this one:
– Leave him alone now. He’s tired
– He has to take his bath.
Your images of the event seem completely synced with those that Per-Anders is showing. I’d call them co-witnessed, if you follow that terminology. In my opinion, this is really quite superb work and the next to last image is, completely on its own merit, gallery worthy.
Thank you Greg. It could be an aftereffect of the day, coupled with that being the only frame and lighting I had at my disposal while the presentation was happening :)
After seeing your video about Eating with the Chefs I bought the book straight away. Great video and lovely pictures.
Did Per-Anderson shot the entire book with a Fuji X100t?
I’m glad you did Marc. It’s an outstanding book, and we were surprised to learn it only took Per-Anders a year and a half to put it together.
I don’t think 100% of the book was shot with the X100 series. I think some of those images are made with Canons. But certainly, most of the book was made with Fuji cameras (he owns and uses all 3 incarnations of the X100).
I just looked through the book (probably for the fourth time…). Many of his pictures look very simple at first glance, but if you look closer you can’t help but think that Per-Anders really knows hot to light things. Looks effortless, but probably isn’t. I’d really love to learn about his lighting technique.
From how PA describes his technique, it is a simple one, and a lot of it using whatever light is available. Maybe PA & Fuji will hold Eating With The Chefs near where you are at some point. It’s extremely interesting to hear PA talk about his work.