The Artistic Merits of Ramen Noodles

Liu Bolin serves a hot batch of food (for thought) photography.
  1. Interviewing an artist like Liu Bolin can be tricky.
  2. The Chinese photographer is best known for “disappearing” into his photographs.
    His process is so imaginative he was asked to give a TED talk about it.
  3. He’s one of five photographers contributing to the UN’s “We Are What We Eat” exhibit.
    The exhibit focuses on themes of population, economic growth, malnutrition, and overcrowding.
  4. Liu’s current project has strong ties to his previous work.
  5. He’s always been attracted to social issues.
    “The locations I choose must be strongly referenced to some symbols like politics, environment, culture… In my works, the backgrounds express the most important information,” he says.
  6. Liu was first inspired to photograph food after a 2009 health scare about contaminated instant noodles in China.
    “Shortly after I created this piece, safety issues surrounding other foods, vegetables, and beverages started surfacing in supermarkets across the country.”
  7. Liu hopes the UN’s exhibit will motivate the governments and corporations to devote greater care to food safety — and to consider its implications for the future.