Norbert Schoerner & Steve Nakamura
Chance Publishing, imprint of Claire de Rouen Books (2016)
Hardcover, 30cm x 28cm
Edition of 500
Printed in Japan
“All man’s efforts are for his mouth, yet his appetite is never satisfied.” (Ecclesiastes 6:7)
A new photography book about food. Haunting, beautiful and slightly humorous, Nearly Eternal traces a fine line between reality and fiction.
Negotiating different levels of artifice, the photographs challenge the assumed authenticity of the food book, inciting artificial desire in the viewer’s mind. Each photograph is a portrait of food in its perfect form – as display.
Norbert Schoerner is a photographer and filmmaker whose fashion campaigns have included Comme des Garçons and Prada; his editorial work has been seen in The Face, New York Times Magazine, Foam and many other publications. Schoerner’s work has been widely exhibited, including shows at White Cube and Chapman Fine Arts. He has previously published two monographs, The Order of Things (Phaidon, 2001) and Third Life (Violette Editions, 2012).
Steve Nakamura is an art director and designer. Born in 1973 in Los Angeles, California, he has lived and worked in Tokyo since 2001. A graduate of London’s Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, Steve has created a wide body of work that has profoundly influenced pop culture in Japan and abroad. He is the art director for Laforet Harajuku’s annual campaign, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s album artwork, and numerous projects for Nike and Parco, among others.
‘Whether it’s a raw egg yolk gripped by levitating chopsticks or sugar magically sprinkling over a juicy grapefruit, the images in the new book “Nearly Eternal” are a surreal and slightly sinister take on food.’ – T Magazine/New York Times
‘An extremely clever take on the relationship between the eye and the mind – what draws us in and what causes desire?’ – Nowness