"Ken is to chefs what Danny Clinch is to Springsteen, the go-to photographer of the A-list."
— Ted Allen, host of the hit competition series Chopped on Food Network, from the Foreword to Chefs & Company
I'm a freelance photographer based in NYC specializing in cookbooks, food, concerts and events. Prior to photography, I spent 20 great years in the restaurant industry as a classically trained chef with a culinary degree from Johnson & Wales University. I still satisfy my cooking vice as a member of the nationally ranked BBQ Team IQUE, past winners of the Jack Daniel's World Championship of Barbecue! Above all else, I love my amazing wife Jessica and our two incredible kids, so when I'm not on assignment, I'm likely enjoying their company.
I've photographed nearly 30 cookbooks with recent collaborations including "Chefs & Company" (Page Street Publishing) where I photographed 75 of the country's best chefs in 18 different cities, Tuffy Stone's highly anticipated first cookbook "Cool Smoke" (St. Martin's Press) and the critically acclaimed "Praise the Lard" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) by BBQ legends Mike & Amy Mills.
COOKBOOK AUTHOR TESTIMONIALS
MY COOKBOOK APPROACH
I thrive on the creativity and pressure that exists when photographing a cookbook. I find it so rewarding to make something that is lasting out of the impermanent nature of plated cuisine. And I love that photographing cookbooks allows me to grow relationships with people who share my deep appreciation for food, kitchens and chefs.
Even though I changed careers in 2010, I'll always be a chef at heart. It's not an instinct that fades or a language that gets unlearned, and I'm proud of my scars. Most of my closest friends are chefs and since I photograph some of the top culinary events in the country; such as the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, and the James Beard Awards, I'm always making new chef friends. Through these interactions, many of my cookbook collaborations have been born. Often I have connected these talented chefs and aspiring authors directly with publishers, almost acting as a literary agent. (almost)
Writing a cookbook can be very stressful, especially for first time authors. So when photographing a cookbook, a priority of mine is to help the author feel comfortable. I like to shoot on their turf or someplace where they are familiar. I shoot mostly in natural light, as I believe food looks best that way. And again, since I'm a classically trained chef, I often assist with food styling. My goal and my responsibility as a photographer, is to ensure that the authors vision for his or her food is realized beautifully and honestly on the page. It's part of their legacy... and mine.
I'm always looking forward to my next great cookbook collaboration. So if you're a publisher or a chef and you'd like to chat about a project, please shoot me an email, or go old school and pick up the phone. 845.367.3945.