As a wannabe food photography, I was geeking all over the new special exhibit at The Tech Museum of Innovation dedicated to the photography of the popular Modernist Cuisine photo book series.

The exhibit, “The Photography of Modernist Cuisine,” opens today and runs through Sept. 1 at the museum in San Jose. Yesterday I checked out the exhibit as part of a media preview, where Nathan Myhrvold offered some insights into the photographs taken by him and his team. (Myhrvold is the former chief technology officer for Microsoft who developed an interest in taking food photography, but in a way that almost dissects food and how we see it.)

I actually have the latest Modernist Cuisine book and love flipping through the pages of food images, some taken with a microscopic viewpoint. But there’s something about seeing these images enlarged and hanging on a wall that creates more impact.

Before getting to the photos I took of the exhibit, I thought I would share some of the images from the books (images courtesy of the Tech Museum) because I don’t think I could adequately give justice to Myhrvold’s work without showing the real thing.

Canning_Boiling Cutaway

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Vegetable Garden_Opener

Amazing huh? Here’s my preview of the exhibit, where 75 images from the book are featured.

Nathan Myhrvold talks about his photographs that make up the new special exhibit.

Nathan Myhrvold talks about his photographs that make up the new special exhibit.

The images are a mix of close-up shots and some that dissects the way we look at food, going inside food items like jars of pickles.

The images are a mix of close-up shots and some that dissects the way we look at food, going inside food items like jars of pickles.

Media touring the exhibit

Media touring the exhibit

The exhibit includes some of the props used to create the images.

The exhibit includes some of the props used to create the images.

Some amazing shots of grapefruit (far right)

Some amazing shots of grapefruit (far right)

Myhrvold being interviewed by the local ABC affiliate, KGO-TV.

Myhrvold being interviewed by the local ABC affiliate, KGO-TV.

Some microscopic shots of food. The top left is whipped cream.

Some microscopic shots of food. The top left is whipped cream.

My favorite part of the exhibit is a video loop that shows different things captured by the team, including milk dropping into a cup of coffee and a Jello cube bouncing.

My favorite part of the exhibit is a video loop that shows different things captured by the team, including milk dropping into a cup of coffee and a Jello cube bouncing.

The exhibit is free at The Tech in San Jose.

The exhibit is free at The Tech in San Jose.

The deets: The Photography of Modernist Cuisine: The Exhibit, The Tech Museum of Innovation, 201 S. Market St., San Jose. PH: 408.294.8324. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission free. Exhibit runs through Sept. 1. www.thetech.org

5 Responses to Preview of Modernist Cuisine Exhibit at The Tech Museum in San Jose

  1. Row says:

    Wow, that would be so much fun to attend! Do you have the “At Home” version? I bought the original set a few years back (wedding splurge) and the photos are incredible. 🙂

    • Ben Ben says:

      Do you mean the photo books? I only have the latest version, but not the original book that first came out. The book is so big and heavy, I joke that I use it as a doorstop. LOL

      • Row says:

        Yup, the photo books. I felt bad for the person who delivered the set to my place. Small box, but so heavy! I didn’t know that the at home edition is heavy too… yikes!

  2. Carolyn Jung says:

    I must have just missed you because I skipped the media preview and just went to the evening reception. The photos are so stunning and awe-inspiring. And I love Nathan’s brilliance and child-like wonder that permeate all that he does.

  3. foodhoe says:

    that definitely looks worth the schlep down south, amazing photography!