BOOKS: Ralf Schmerberg Has a Photographic Full Plate

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A Dirty Dish
A Dirty Dish
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Director/photographer Ralf Schmerberg, who's repped for spots by, travels a lot, which, of course, affords him the irresistible opportunity to document dirty dishes all over the world. And he's done just that in a new book called, quite accurately, Dirty Dishes, a handsome hardcover with 180 color shots of some really fine meal messes. It's more than just the art of unclean plates however; Schmerberg gets up close and personal with studies of the likes of food prep, banquets, buffets, barbecues and "battlefields," the latter featuring stubbed out butts on plates and dirty chefs' clothing. As publisher Hatje Cantz Verlag notes, "The images can also be seen as an anthropological lecture where Schmerberg's modern vanity still-lifes illustrate both the rich nuances of diverse eating cultures and the often thoughtless, wasteful ways in which food is treated in consumerist societies." See for more.
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