Short-lived and ill-advised, these celebrity-endorsed diets sounded awful. But thanks to Italian photographer Dan Bannino, they’ve never looked better.
Bannino took the ingredients involved in some of the world’s most famous fad diets and hilariously arranged them into portraits that gorgeously resemble Renaissance still-life portraits. This series highlights the absurdity of these diets while putting them on jaw-dropping display. To make the series happen, Bannino worked out of his own studio, using a Nikon D7100 with a Nikkor 40mm micro on a Manfrotto tripod. For lighting, he used only natural lights and a primary light with a softbox. He did not use any kind of post-production.
Beyonce Knowles – The Master Cleanse
Gwyneth Paltrow – Strict Detox Diet
Bill Clinton – Cabbage Soup Diet
Simon Cowell – Life Enhancing
Charles Saatchi – Eggs Diet
Kate Moss – The Hollywood Diet
Lord Byron – Romantic Poet’s Diet
Henry VIII – The Banquet Diet
Luigi Cornaro – Sober Life
A bit from Bannino about this series:
I’ve created the photographs in my studio. It’s a self built studio inside my apartment. I’m lucky enough to live in a quite big place with high ceilings and loads of natural light: I like to switch from artificial lights to natural light. Light is extremely important to me as it was for painters like Caravaggio. I started this project because I’m fascinated and obsessed by food. These shoots are showing an open window on a table left after a completion of a meal. As reflected on the series’ title, I’ve tried to capture the beauty that lies in this terrible constriction of diets and deprivation, giving them the importance of an old master’s painting. I wanted to make them significant, like classic works of arts that are becoming more and more weighty as they grow older. My aim was to show how this weirdness hasn’t changed even since the 15th century.