Dishwasher Safe

By Tk Published on .

Director/photog Ralf Schmerberg, who's repped for spots by the Berlin office of, travels a lot, of course, which 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. 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' uniforms. As publisher Hatje Cantz notes, "The images can also be seen as an anthropological lecture where Schmerberg illustrates both the rich nuances of diverse eating cultures and the often thoughtless, wasteful ways in which food is treated in consumerist societies."

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