Monday, November 2, 2009

The Final Supper

While the abundant closure of magazines has caused quite a stir, I'm most saddened by the staggering fold of Condé Nast's Gourmet. Their food photography was unparalleled and the recipes spot-on, but then again Gourmet had plenty of time to hone its niche since debuting in 1941. Sixty-eight years later and there isn't another gastronomic publication that even compares.

In an effort to capture the final moments on film, Kevin DeMaria—Art Director for eight years—photographed the office, employees and leftover emptiness. The Last Days at Gourmet is just a glimpse inside the wretched economy and its devastating path.

[via Will Steacy.]

13 comments:

Debra said...

These images make it somehow even more tragic. I too will miss this one- I think more than any of the other closures.

J said...

so sad....

Christen said...

Domino and Gourmet will be those I miss the most. It's just so unfortunate and completely undeserving.

Stephanie said...

These shots are really poignant - it's sad enough for the readers, but I can't imagine having my career obliterated like that.

I'm going to miss Gourmet.

Vanessa said...

I'm not kidding when I say I almost cried at the news of Gourmet's folding. It's such a terrible waste of talent and it brought so much into my life in the kitchen. So sad.

JMW said...

Did you hear Terry Gross's interview with Ruth Reichl a few weeks ago on "Fresh Air?" I was already down about the demise of Gourmet and then after hearing the interview, it saddened me even more. It really put a face on the situation, as does these photos. It's not just another magazine folding - jobs are lost, employees and their families are impacted. And, we lose a really good piece of journalism. Sigh.

Sarah - La Jeune Marie said...

I hate this so much. It really sucks that such influential magazines are folding in these lean times. I hate that this is happening to our country.

Shani said...

These images do make the situation seem even more heartbreaking. They are beautiful, but heartbreaking. I guess we can just hope that the publishing industry will be able to adjust and bounce back somehow, though Gourmet will be sorely missed.

fric and frac said...

I am going to miss Gourmet so much! I agree with you that the photography was absolutely amazing! The styling was above and beyond in every issue. I could read this magazine cover to cover unlike any other magazine. All of the articles were great! How could it be over?

Ann said...

I heard about this a couple of weeks ago and the photos are such a sad reminder of the end of a great magazine!

Uncle Beefy said...

This is heartbreaking to look at! People still mock me for my devastation at the closing of Gourmet. But I am still in mourning. Such a tragedy.

(Hi, Miss Courtney. :) How you doin'?)

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

So tragic! I hadn't seen these photos. The magazine reminds me of growing up, the mystery of a magazine that grown ups read. And then one day finding that I quite liked it too.

The Lil Bee said...

It is so eery to see these images. Unlike most of the other books that folded, I don't know of anyone who saw this one coming. Very sad.