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“Bear in mind that you should conduct yourself in life as at a feast.”  –  Epictetus (55 AD – 135 AD)

This section of the site is a “menu” of food photography. Please Use the Photography pull-down menu to access the following pages:


I did not start out to shoot food.  It all started with this image to the right.  I was just out of school and couldn’t afford props but Balducci’s Gourmet Grocery was just around the corner in NYC so I shot what I could afford – food.  My first promotion featured these grapes (and other veggies in boxes) and it won the Nikon/PDN promotion award in 1991.  One of the judges was Kathy Ryan, Photo-Editor of The NY Times Magazine, who proceeded to hire me to do a lot of work over the next years.  Molly O’Neill was their food columnist for which I shot a lot of recipes from great chefs at top NY restaurants. In the process I became hooked as a “Foodie”  and it remains one of my greatest pleasures to shoot food.

One of the first recipes for the NY Times Magazine was for Turnip soup and this photograph to the left was my answer to the recipe.  While they printed it,  I believe I was told to never shoot  “food in a box”  again….So I proceeded to learn to shoot all of this beautiful food in all sorts of different ways.  Soon many other magazines started to send me out or,  even better,  send the chefs in to my studio.  So browse this site as if it were a menu and enjoy your meal.  If you need to hire me…I truly will work for food.
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