Jon Feinstein – Fast Food

“Since the 1950’s fast food has become so global that its icons are often as recognizable as popular historical figures—its image heavily absorbed into the public unconscious. ‘Fast Food’ is a typological exploration of the food on its own. Hamburgers, French fries, chicken nuggets and ‘specialty’ sandwiches are scanned on stark black backgrounds, isolated from their most recognized context, without name recognition, nearly floating in space. Under austere, uniform lighting; stripped of branding, packaging and iconography, the food takes on a disgustingly scientific, yet ethereal quality. These photographs investigate the love/hate relationship that many Americans have with fast food, and, like many other aspects of popular culture, its ability to be simultaneously seductive and repulsive.”