Power and Food Brings Powerful Political Figures Back to Earth

Power and Food

All images by Dan Bannino. Used with permission.

In today’s highly divisive political climate it’s easy to see society’s powers-that-be as an “Other;” someone completely beyond being relatable to. Photographer Dan Bannino’s “Power and Food” helps bring some of the world’s most powerful political figures back to earth by giving us an intimate portrait of who they are through the food that they love. Continue reading…

Chic Chicks Depicts Chickens in an 80’s Elegance

All images by Dan Bannino. Used with permission.

“Everything started a few weeks ago, when I stumbled upon some news on internet about these quirky species of poultry called Paduan Chicken and I’ve then decided to travel all the way to Padua to meet Andrea Pozzato, the reigning Italian Champion of breeding chickens.” says photographer Dan Bannino about his Chic Chicks photography project. “Here Andrea is growing and looking after his beautiful exemplars of Paduan Chickens, a rather unusual species of poultry that has a funny and unique crown of feathers resembling cool 80s’ hairstyles.”

Dan is the artist behind Still Diets, and this time around he’s unleashing a more 80’s cool type of style in his work. Since starting out as a product photographer after moving to London four years ago, he moved back to Italy just to focus on personal projects–which has really worked out well for him. “I quickly felt the urge of exploring other subjects, from portraying dogs to actual people.” he tells the Phoblographer. “I always liked to experiment and challenge myself, pushing my photography to the next level, learning from mistakes but trying to keep a certain consistence with colors and style.”

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Still Diet: A Frank Look at the Diets of the World’s Most Influential People


Beyoncè Knowles – “Master cleanse diet”

All photographs by Dan Bannino. Used with permission.

It’s in the superfluous as well as the deprivation that Italian photographer Dan Bannino’s Still Diet series takes inspiration from – from the excess of alcohol, cigarettes, and even food and from the lack of moderation and a well-balanced diet.

From the get-go, Dan wanted to actualize a project that “capture(s) the beauty that lies in this terrible constriction of diets and deprivation” while “giving them the importance of an old master’s painting.” According to Dan, “I wanted to make them significant, like classic works of arts that are becoming more and more weighty as they grow older. My aim was to show how this weirdness hasn’t changed even since the 15th century.”

And thus, Still Diet was born. Similar to Peter Augustus’ Mystery Meat series, which also illustrates the horrors of food but focuses more on what the masses consume, Still Diet takes our attention to the other end of the anthropomorphic food chain where celebrities and influential people dwell.

Brutally honest and hypnotic, it’s a series that illustrates the reality behind the lengths and constraints people in the limelight go through, in the way they consume food, to look and act the part they’re expected to play, from Matthew McConaughey’s protein diet to Mariah’s bizarre Purple Diet to Henry VIII constant and extravagant feasting, all wrapped up in classic painting-like packages.

See the whole series after the jump.

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