American Regional Cuisine
The 2015 World’s Fair—EXPO Milano—was the first in the event’s 160+ year history in which the entire focus was on food; specifically, how we’ll grow, source and prepare enough to eat as the planet’s population approaches 9 billion people. As part of it’s three-story pavilion, the United States offered a visual tour of traditions that are uniquely American, culminating in a series of images featuring people, places and plates that symbolize iconic regional cuisine around the country. I was commissioned to make these images, in partnership with the pavilion’s design firm, and James Beard Foundation. The portraits below are a small sample of what was on display during EXPO’s run, May through October, 2015.