Amateur Food Photographers Continue to Drive Everyone Else Crazy
A Momofuku Ko customer snaps a photo outside the restaurant.
CREDIT: Joe Shlabotnik on Flickr
It's not just your spouse. Even — perhaps especially — chefs are tired of people snapping photos of their restaurant meals before they start eating. A recent New York Times article catalogues some of the clever ways restaurants have tried to discourage rampant Instagramming, though in this age of instant sharing, they don't always work: Moe Issa of Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare told the New York Times he offers professional photos to diners the next day, but "people want to email their photos to their friends right then and there."
Issa is now working on a computer system that will offer professional photos to diners before they leave the restaurant.
Of course, this isn't a new problem. TechNewsDaily recalls seeing restaurant meal photos posted in the first generation of personal blogs, such as Livejournal and Xanga. The problem was so common, Momofuku Ko in New York banned photography in 2008.
We are not sure why the Times chose to do a piece on this now, but the newspaper has some nice examples, including a part-owner of several restaurants who was chastised at Momofuku Ko and a daughter of a NASA engineer/amateur food photographer. Dad used to make PowerPoint presentations of his food photos, the daughter said.
A sure sign that this isn't going away soon? The New York Times found a woman who teaches classes in taking pictures of food using an iPhone.
Source: New York Times