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13.09.2010

 

Klaus Arras : The Tomato Book - an ode to the red glowing fruit with an award from the German Institute of Vitality and Cooking

Cologne-based food photographer Klaus Arras photographed “The Tomatobook” for Edel publishers in Hamburg. The idea emerged from a series of freelance food pictures dedicated to the Mediterranean subject that is the tomato.

He showed the pictures to the editors at Edel, who were so excited that production started right away. The pictures are distinguished by his unique style: reduced compositions with purposeful and perceptively selected props, some of which were souvenirs from trips abroad.

In the book, Klaus Arras exclusively used daylight. The images are shrouded with a hint of secrecy, thanks to the photographer’s avoidance of applied light. The viewer can sense the various times of day when the pictures were taken. Arras comments on his use of daylight photography: “I photograph the same background with varying compositions during the day to always achieve a new, ever so fascinating mood of light.”

He is currently publishing a double-page from his book on Twitter on everyday. Those who simply can’t wait can take a peek at the book and the pictures right there, or head to a local bookshop. Http://twitpic.com/photos/KlausArras

The German Institute of Vitality and Cooking voted ‘The Tomatobook’ COOKBOOK OF THE MONTH June 2010. The jury – headed by Italian star chef Marcello Fabbri – explained: “When it comes to the tomato, we can be very boring. The red fruit does not inspire much more in us than tomato soup, Spaghetti Bolognese . . . yet the book offers many new and unheard of compositions of taste such as tomato sorbet, tomato & vanilla vegetables, tomato jam, tomato & peach salad, tomato & pear soup, tomato bread with lavender butter . . . on top of it comes tomato sunrise, vodka drenched tomato & vanilla cocktails or a tomato & strawberry smoothie.

Karen Schulz: Das Tomatenbuch, Edel Verlag (Hamburg)
ISBN: 978-3-9413-7863-6, Price: 24.95 Euro"

KLAUS ARRAS : Das Tomatenbuch

KLAUS ARRAS : Das Tomatenbuch

KLAUS ARRAS : Das Tomatenbuch

KLAUS ARRAS : Das Tomatenbuch

KLAUS ARRAS : Das Tomatenbuch

KLAUS ARRAS : Das Tomatenbuch

KLAUS ARRAS : Das Tomatenbuch

KLAUS ARRAS : Das Tomatenbuch

KLAUS ARRAS : Das Tomatenbuch

KLAUS ARRAS : Das Tomatenbuch

KLAUS ARRAS : Das Tomatenbuch

KLAUS ARRAS : Das Tomatenbuch

KLAUS ARRAS : Das Tomatenbuch

KLAUS ARRAS : Das Tomatenbuch