Wrapped Mark Bittman Cookbook shoot – Whew!

We wrapped a 3 week cookbook shoot for Mark Bittman (Clarkson Potter, 2018) – a marathon of cooking, shooting and eating (like prepping for Thanksgiving every day for 16 days). With over 300 recipes, it will be an essential reference and inspiration to cooks. Below is our shoot board, props and things grillin'. Look for it next year!

Bittman Book

 

New Quince Restaurant Website Launch

Hands down, one of the best restaurant shoots I've done in a long time. So impressed by the food, of course, but also by the integrity and kindness of the people at Quince. It's no surprise they just earned a third Michelin star.

Pre-order “The Fine Art of Paper Flowers Book”!!

My book with paper extraordinaire, Tiffanie Turner, is coming out August 22nd! Pre-order here and get a free poster!! These are paper cosmos with a few of my favorite "dead" ones. See some excerpts from the book HEREAya Brackett

Paper Flower Book with Tiffanie Turner

I've been working on a book with Tiffanie Turner, an incredible paper artist, and have finally put up some images from the upcoming book, The Fine Art of Paper Flowers (Ten Speed Press, 2017) I feel it's important to emphasize that these are made out of PAPER!! The book will be released on August 22, 2017 but is available for pre-order now here     Tiffanie is amazing….

Photo District News Story about Forward Thinking Photographers

PDN (Photo District News) included me in a group of "4 forward thinking photographers" in a recent issue. There are so many food photgraphers out there and the article was an apt summary of my approach and attempt to stand out from the crowd (I'll be lifting these words in my next artist statement- just kidding!) They also did a short essay on thoughts on my hero photographer, Martin Parr.

You can read more HERE

Holiday Story for Martha Stewart Living

Just out on stands now! See more HEREMartha Stewart Living

Natural Color (Ten Speed-Watson Guptill, 2016) out in stores!!

Today is the official day Natural Color (Ten Speed-Watson Guptill) is out in stores!! This book was a complete pleasure to photograph. Please tell your local book stores to carry it or order online! There will be lots of dye workshops and book release parties – check out sashaduerr.com/events/ for event listings. Shown here is silk dyed with aloe  ‪#‎naturalcolorbook‬ ‪#‎tenspeedpress‬ . Click here to see more spreads

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I took this assignment from the NYT so I could steal gardening ideas.

Michelle Slatella is admired for her work as the editor of Gardenista and also often writes for the New York Times. When I was called for an assignment to shoot Michelle's garden I knew it would be a treat to see her gardens in person and get some clever ideas for my own home. See the story here.

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An optimistic story about the state of dinner in the US

I had the chance to work on a feature story about the "State of Dinner" in the US for Better Homes and Gardens and it was satisfying to learn that ingredients like kimchi (which I devour daily), harissa, chickpea flour, and soba are now becoming common ingredients. This is what is so good about the US:  interwoven culinary influences and our openness to try new foods. See more spreads from the story HERE

Better Homes & Gardens 

New York Times T Magazine Perfume Story!

I spent several days photographing Mandy Aftel of Aftelier perfumes for the New York Times T Magazine and was blown away by the experience of watching and learning how Mandy creates completely non-synthetic fragrances using pristine and rare ingredients. I came away with a new appreciation of how powerful scent is and how careful alchemy can produce mind altering perfumes. Mandy and I hit it off and had such fun collaborating on this story. (And I came home after spending way too much on solid perfumes, teas and elixirs….) Click HERE to see more of the story

New York Times T Magazine