Here&Now Bans on Food Photography
For many people it’s almost an automatic response when eating out: food arrives, take photo, post online. Only then will they pick up their cutlery and start to eat. But some restaurateurs have had enough. Variously, in cities including New York, Toronto and Sydney, they have banned food photography entirely (even “discreet” phone camera shots) or banned flash photography. Chef David Bouley, troubled by the disruption to other diners at his eponymous upmarket New York restaurant, came up with an interesting solution: for now, he requires diners who want to immortalize the meal to take the plate back into the kitchen to get their shot, and he’s working on making downloadable digital shots of the night’s meals accessible to all diners.