Show Us Your Food Porn: Evan Sung

From foie gras–topped burgers to snack stands in India, the pedigreed photographer shares his 10 best food snaps.

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Imagine, if you can, an age before food porn became a hashtag, back when there was no Momofuku empire (only Noodle Bar) and a fledgling dining site called Eater had only just launched. It was in this seemingly anachronistic epoch that photographer Evan Sung got his start, snapping first for the New York Sun and positioning himself on the front lines of a burgeoning movement that would bring us today, when Momofuku has established outposts to Sydney and Toronto, and there's an Eater in every major city.

As the food world evolved, Sung established himself as one of its most trusted chroniclers, photographing for the New York Times, Vogue, and the Wall Street Journal. Though the landscape has changed over time, Sung’s objective has always stayed the same–to capture not only gorgeous food, but also the chefs and culture behind it.

From squeezing into a crowded jalebi stand to standing table-top to shoot Seamus Mullen’s Spanish spread, Sung brings passion and energy to each assignment, and the payoff is clear in shots that brim with sophistication and a deep respect for his subjects. Here, he shares the stories behind his 10 favorite food photos—click through for adventures on the high seas in Senegal, stacked foie-gras burgers, and close encounters with Alba white truffles.

You can follow Evan Sung on Instagram at evansungnyc, and check out his full portfolio here.

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