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Publisher Note english german

f for food
Call them readymades: plastic food replicas (manufactured for food photographers?) out of which Volker Renner has assembled a visual ode to German cuisine that may well ruin your appetite. The eggs, now hardboiled, now sunny side up; the veal sausages with ketchup on cardboard plates; the meat loaf: they’re not just made of the same material, they’re also all fakes. Nothing about them is genuine, as Renner highlights in pairs of pictures showing them in the original packaging, then unwrapped. Picking up on two trends on social networks, “f for food” combines the urge to capture even the most trivial meal with the protagonists’ dressing and undressing for no discernible reason for an irresistible concoction: you are what you eat, or vice versa. The clean and cool shots in the book—sold, appropriately, in its own plastic wrapper—recall pictograms or fast-food joint menu boards. Their anonymous look also raises the question of the artist’s authorship, an issue Orson Welles probed in his last documentary film, whose title inspired Renner: “F for Fake.” It’s a dizzying prospect: Might Renner’s authorship be a forgery, too?

f for food Eine Ode an die deutsche Küche f for food als Anlehnung an den Orson-Wells-Film »f for fake«. Hier ist alles falsch und das mal ein- und dann ausgepackt. Ein Trend, der sich auch in sozialen Netzwerken großer Beliebtheit erfreut. Protagonist an- und ausgezogen oder wahlweise verpackt und entpackt – und Essen steht ja eh hoch im Kurs als Fotomotiv.

Release Date 22nd December 2016
Artist: Volker Renner
Printrun 500
umbreit: 780382
ISBN-13: 978-3-86485-169-8
Original Price 18.00 EUR
Subform Photobook
Topics Cooking, Food
Format Paperback
Binding Thread bound
Dimensions 16.5 × 24.0 cm
Pages 56