UK photographer Jon Enoch has won the top award at the Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2023 competition with his photo “The Candy Man”. The photograph was taken in the streets of western Mumbai near the candy-floss-selling grounds of the beaches and fairs. It is part of a wider series of images of the sellers, which capture the unique ways used to display the candy goods in the hope of attracting a buyer.
“This is a magnificent picture,” says Caroline Kenyon, Founder Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year. “For me, it evokes the great late 18th and early 19th century portraits of Reynolds and Gainsborough – the gaze, the full-length figure, the subject’s position in the frame. The man in the picture may have a humble way of life, touting his wares of toxically-coloured candy floss, but he himself is splendid. This image shows us beautifully the universal truth, we are all the same.”
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