Focus on the narrative
Simon Wheeler interviewed by Richard Krzyzak
Simon Wheeler has been a highly regarded food photographer since the 1980s, when he started shooting stories for food magazines and the Sunday supplements in the UK. Although originally from Dublin, he learned his trade in a busy photographic studio in London where he worked on advertising campaigns for, among others, Harrods, Swatch, Dunhill and Range Rover, as well as on editorial for magazines including House and Garden (both British and US editions), The World of Interiors, Elle, Condé Nast Traveller and Vogue.
One of 210 pictures used in The River Cottage Year, by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, published by Hodder & Stoughton in 2005. ‘I still have no idea what Hugh is doing to the goose,’ says Wheeler. ‘This book was my most cinematic approach to still pictures.’
Top: picture taken in natural light and used as a spread to open the ‘Fish thrift and standbys’, a chapter in The River Cottage Fish Book, Bloomsbury, 2007.
Richard Krzyzak, art editor, designer, London and Hampshire
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