I opened the new issue of the New Yorker to see a nice big photo of Grant Achatz, the chef at the very highly praised Chicago restaurant Alinea, igniting one of his signature dishes. Dudes, that’s so 5 minutes ago! I photographed the celebrated arsonist torching a pheasant breast on an oak branch for the Village Voice in 2005 (although they didn’t run the flaming pheasant photo–shown below–they ran a shot I took of the dish without Achatz). WHATEVS.
Kidding aside, the Achatz portrait in the New Yorker (not the one below) was taken by Ethan Levitas, whose work is really stellar. Also, in that same issue (May 12th, 2008) there’s also an illuminating article on the powerful and ubiquitous retoucher Pasal Dangin.
(Photograph by Jim Newberry)