Food photographers are no longer taking a documentary approach to their work but are creating exciting new trends and styles that are sought out by magazines around the world.

In recent years, the documentary approach of the early days of food photography has given way to a variety of trends and styles, all now with equal status. In addition to the mainly documentary style, new trends and techniques have emerged. These became known as ‘Gorgeous grey’, ‘Perfectly imperfect’, ‘Mystic light’, ‘Granny chic’ and ‘Back to country’. These trends have emerged from English-speaking and Scandinavian regions where many of the top food photographers originate. StockFood, the leading food image agency, has brought together the work of more than 1,000 international food photographers under one roof.

Until about 30 years ago, food photography tended to be largely repetitive documentary. The main style of recipe photography was a clear picture of the dish, intended as a ‘cooking guide’. The only design element was the arrangement of the ingredients around the dish…read more