As a new exhibition charts our obsession with photographing food, we look at the hottest dishes, the dark side of Instagrammed cupcakes and how social media is changing the way we eat
Instagram, of course, is the favoured social media outlet for photographs of food, and #foodporn is one of its most-used hashtags, with 130m posts and rising. Penn was doing it seven decades ago memorable among his early images are Ingredients for a Beef Stew (1947-48); The Empty Plate (1949) and thereafter shots of steaks, lobsters, frogs legs and all manner of other good things. He even photographed a pizza (which is now the worlds most Instagrammed dish, followed by sushi, steak, burgers and bacon).
Penn said photographing a cake can be art, but that is definitely because he didnt live to see the culinary horrors of most food photography on social media.