Denise Wolff and Susan Bright at The Photographer's Gallery in London.

Denise Wolff and Susan Bright at The Photographer's Gallery in London.

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Curator Talk with Susan Bright and Denise Wolff: Feast For The Eyes



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Join Susan Bright and Denise Wolff as they discuss Feast for the Eyes, an exhibition at The Polygon Gallery and a Featured Exhibition in Capture’s 2021 Festival. Feast for the Eyes explores the rich history of food as one of photography’s most prevalent and enduring subjects. In an age where sharing images of food has emerged as a unique facet of contemporary culture, this exhibition offers a look at the timeless ways in which things we eat shape us and our perceptions of the world. In their talk, Bright and Wolff will discuss the historical and cultural context of the exhibition. Artists discussed will include some of the most important of the past century, including Nan Goldin, Vik Muniz, Ed Ruscha, JR, Cindy Sherman, Wolfgang Tillmans, Hank Willis Thomas, and more.

Presented in partnership with The Polygon Gallery, and generously supported by Brigitte and Henning Freybe, and the BC Arts Council and the Province of British Columbia.

Feast for the Eyes at The Polygon is generously supported by The Babalos Family, and Paula Palyga and David Demers, through their membership in The Polygon’s Exhibition Circle.


Dr. Susan Bright is a curator. In 2007 she co-curated How We Are at Tate Britain. In the same year she curated Face of Fashion at the National Portrait Gallery. Other exhibitions include: Home Truths at The Photographers’ Gallery and the Foundling Museum (2014). In 2019, Bright was guest curator for PHotoESPAÑA, and is currently co-curator of f/stop 9: Festival für Fotografie Leipzig. She has authored seven books – Photography Decoded; Feast for the Eyes: The Story of Food in Photography; Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood; Auto Focus; How We Are: Photographing Britain; Face of Fashion and Art Photography Now.

Denise Wolff is senior editor at Aperture. Prior to Aperture, she was the commissioning editor for photography at Phaidon Press in London. Among the books she has commissioned and edited are, The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip by David Campany and Feast for the Eyes: The Story of Food in Photography by Susan Bright (for which she co-curated the accompanying exhibitions); Girl Pictures by Justine Kurland; The Colors We Share by Angélica Dass; and Eyes Open: 23 Photography Projects for Curious Kids by Susan Meiselas. Wolff also spearheads Aperture’s Photography Workshop Series.  

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