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Caren Alpert
San Francisco, CA
Commercial and fine art food photographer
Interests: Art,Traveling, Cooking, Snowboarding, Reading, Hiking
Recent Activity
Earlier this month, I taught a food photography class at the Los Angeles Center of Photography. I had students come from all over Southern California to attend this one day workshop on learning the business of (food) photography and how to take great food shots. They ranged from professional photographers... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
Some of the world’s greatest chefs are going off script and stretching out of their comfort zone in The Grand Gelinaz Shuffle. Earlier this month, top chefs from Japan to Chile, from Brazil to Slovenia, France, Turkey, Sweden, Thailand, Australia, UK, Italy, Peru, Spain, Canada, Belgium and Denmark and all... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
I spent 10 years working as a photo editor in New York and San Francisco for Time, Inc, before I started shooting.. They publish some of the country’s most popular magazines, such as People and Sports Illustrated and also puts out magazines under it’s Southern Progress corporation, namely Cooking Light,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
The Washington Post has recently had a number of macaroni and cheese articles, culminating in the infographic below, illustrated by Laura Stanton. All the various permutations of the classic Mac N Cheese are derived from this recipe. The infographic shows that you need not focus on only the elbow macaroni…there... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
Valerie Objects: Maarten Baas The newly launched Antwerp-based international design label Valerie Objects is getting a lot of attention. It is created by Axel Van Den Bossche, Frank Lambert and art director Veerle Wenes. They are an independent subsidiary of Belgian design brand Serax, which produces small furniture items, tableware... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
Photo courtesy of ICE: Institute of Culinary Education As part of The Art of Plating’s Chef’s Cut series, Albert Adriá of Barcelona’s Michelin 3-star restaurant, El Bulli, expounds on his art of food plating. The younger brother to one of the world’s most important chefs (Ferran Adriá), Albert has built... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
S.B. Lattin Design takes a new approach to food education. While most of the books and blogs focus on recipes, sometimes the techniques behind the artful presentation are omitted. While ingredients matter in the concoction of delicious and impressive meals, a solid knowledge of kitchen tools is also important. This... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
Forbes 30 Under 30 is an annual listing of the brightest and most innovative individuals from across the nation in various categories. From Sports to Manufacturing, the list showcases those making a difference in their field. In the Food/Drink category, I am not surprised to learn that nearly a third... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
Mary Ellen Mark, legendary photographer, died recently while living in New York City. As you probably know, Ms. Mark specialized in photojournalism, portraiture, documenting the human condition; and more recently, advertising. Her work is iconic--ranging from war protests to portraits for Rolling Stone magazine. She also created a number of... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
As you sit down to start planning your summer travel, a great place to start just might be where to find the most scrumptious chocolate! Because honestly, who doesn’t arrange their summer holiday around chocolate? 😉 The researchers from Love Home Swap have already vetted out the ultimate destinations for... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
A new magazine called Wild Hope Magazine has published its first issue, and is now available at select resellers in Northern California and via their website: Their mission is to raise awareness into the possible consequences of human actions. Editor Kathryn Arnold writes, “We need nature, and nature needs... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
Andy Ellison is a MRI technologist at Boston University Medical School, Center for Biomedical Imaging, and he has created a series of images that are fascinating. Utilizing technology that is most usually used for research, Mr. Ellison scanned various fruits and vegetables to take a peek inside them in a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
As a native New Yorker, it comes as no surprise to me that New York is the state that consumes the most soft pretzels. But what was a surprise to me was the ritualistic significance of the soft pretzel. For instance, over a millennia ago, an Italian monk formed leftover... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
The culinary world is saddened by the loss of Homaru Cantu of Chicago’s Michelin rated Moto. While I didn’t know Chef Cantu well, our two day photo shoot for a special Intel project has always stood out to me. Given the length of time of the shoot, a rare event... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
The Food Book Fair takes place in Brooklyn, NY this weekend and serves to “celebrate the intersections of food, culture and food systems and the writing that brings them to life.” For the fourth consecutive year, the FBF will be hosted at the Wyeth Hotel. This Williamsburg event has an... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
Spring has often been depicted with cute, big-eared bunnies. From Easter to fertility and crop cycles, the bunny has been representing this time of year for centuries. Below is an outtake from a rabbit (logomorph) shoot I did and each photo was cuter than the next. This is one of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
James Beard was inarguably a pioneer foodie, who in 1954 was anointed the “Dean of American Cookery” by the New York Times. In 1955 he established the James Beard Cookie School, and was host to the very first cooking show on NBC in 1964. Although Mr. Beard died in 1985,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
Ever since I saw fashion designer Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty at the Met back in 2011, I have had a new appreciation for how Mr. McQueen thought about design and fashion; but I never thought it would extend to the plate. From left: Jacques Brinon/Associated Press; Courtesy of Maybourne Hotel... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
In honor of today’s Eat Your Noodles Day, the infographic of the month is titled Noodle Types of Asia. This design is meant to loosely resemble an Asia shrine, but with enough symmetry to keep the content organized and easily readable. A nice touch in describing the various noodles is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
Next month, Takashi Sugimoto, visionary, founder and president of the internationally renowned Tokyo-based design firm Super Potato will be visiting the Bay Area. Takashi Sugimoto of Super Potato Photo by Chin Mui Yoon/The Star Sugimoto will be headlining a pre-conference discussion on design at the 17th Worlds of Flavor Conference... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
It seems that Americans can’t get enough of their restaurant menus. I’ve already written a couple of posts about how we go to great lengths to preserve them, Vintage San Francisco Menus and New York Public Library Archive Project. But, a study by a Stanford computational linguist goes a step... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
Every now and then, a discovery is made that rocks the art industry. Recently, such a discovery was made in the realm of photography, as you’ve likely heard by now. A formerly unknown nanny has emerged as an icon in street photography: Vivian Maier was a quiet, secretive and unassuming... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
Image and Column Five recently paired up to deliver an accounting of Valentine’s Day by the Numbers. Approximately 62% of adults say they celebrate Valentine’s Day. Read below to discover the history of the most romantic day of the year, and find out just how much sparkling wine, chocolate and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
Additive Manufacturing, popularly called 3D printing, is a trend that is predicted to only get more widespread. I first wrote about the new technology back in July. Since then, it’s become even more popular with some chefs. In fact, it’s not surprising that paradigm breaker and molecular-gastronomy pioneer Ferran Adrià... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
This is Colossal recently spotlighted an artist’s work that I found an immediate connection to…in some ways it reminded me of my terra cibus series. Artist Mark Lovejoy took something that he looked at each and every day, and reimagined it in a way we’ve never seen before. © Mark... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography