TEDxManhattan Heroes: Henry Hargreaves

Photograph by James Bareham

Leading up to TEDxManhattan 2015, we've asked this year's speakers to introduce themselves by answering a few questions. Henry Hargreaves is a photographer with a facination with portraying people's connections to food. Many of his photo series have been widely shared.

What’s the topic you’ll be speaking about?

Using food to tell a story through photos, beginning with an overview of my process, and then focusing on a new series: the food of doomsday preppers. This new series looks at how they are are preparing to recreate the food system after the apocalypse.

Why is this important?

This could become the future of the food system.

Why is it important for art to engage with the food system?

Showing something that is visually interesting is a way to connect with people’s emotions, making a memorable experience.

I focus on food as the connection between the viewer and the subject... we begin to relate to them through our emotional ties to food.

How does your art make a difference in how people think about food?

I focus on food as the connection between the viewer and the subject. We may have nothing in common with the subject but we begin to relate to them through our emotional ties to food.

Are there other projects you’re also passionate about right now – either yours or someone else’s?

My recent series, Power Hungry, looked at the food disparity between the rich and poor throughout history.

Where can more information about your project be found?

My website: henryhargreaves.com.

TEDxManhattan, "Changing the Way We Eat," will take place March 7, 2015, at the TimesCenter in New York City. Interested in joining the day? You can apply to attend, or host or attend a viewing party.