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Food Photography And Ghanian Cuisine

Student photographing and arrangement of a tea can and candy with a teal cloth on a table.  A lighting device is in view.

Students in Yara Clüver's food photography course arrange food, props and lighting in the cafe of Collins Living Learning Center at Indiana University. (Kayte Young/WFIU)

This week on our show we listen back to a conversation with Yara Clüver about her food photography course at Indiana University. And we explore a Southern take on Ghanaian street food with Samantha Adei Kotey.

In the age of Instagram, taking pictures of meals has become rather commonplace. In her food photography course, professor Yara Clüver complicates the role of both food and photography throughout history and in our current everyday lives.

I stopped in during one of the studio sessions with her class last fall and later spoke with Yara Clüver in the studio.

People arranging food and photographing it in a small white tent, with others in background

Yara Clüver is the associate director at the Collins Living-Learning Center at Indiana University. She has a background in fine art photography and began developing her food photography course at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, in Italy.

One of the readings for the class, which Yara talks about in the interview, is by Charles Barstow, from the Magazine The New Gastronome published through the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, where Yara has taught. The piece is called Eating the Image: reflections on food photos and fantasy.

Update for Fall 2020: Yara Cluver is offering her food photography course this Fall through the Collins Living Learning Center in a hybrid model. The class will meet in person once per week for demonstrations and hands-on instruction, and they'll share student work and presentation in online meetings for the second class each week.

Stories On This Episode

A Southern Take on Ghanaian Street Food With Samantha Kotey

Samantha Kotey in a chef's jacket leaning on a butcher block counter top in a gleaming kitchen.

By day Samantha Adei Kotey is a contracts lawyer, but her free time is spent developing Southern takes on the foods her Ghanaian immigrant parents raised her to love when she was growing up in Houston, Texas.

Kornbread And Kontomire’s Recipe for Ghanaian Meko

Close up of crushed tomato sauce in black pan with wooden pestle and onion and pepper slices.

Samantha Kotey shares a recipe for a traditional Ghanaian pepper sauce recipe.

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