Gissinger, Hans and Marc Meneau
La Conversation / The Conversation.
Phoenicia, NY: Woodstock Editions, 2000.
Two volumes, unpaginated, with black and white photographs. Quarto, boards covered in butcher paper, boxed. First edition, one of 2000 copies, signed by Gissinger and numbered. This book, an exchange in words and images between photographer Hans Gissinger and chef Marc Meneau, provides a sharp contrast to what is usually considered "food photography". The black and white images reveal the grisly processes of haute cuisine; slaughtering animals, force feeding geese, stuffing sausages. Parallel to their meditation on food and its cultural significance are Gissinger's gripping photographs which find beauty, depth, and humanity in our relationship with what we eat and how it gets to the plate. Text in French and English. Fine.