For years my parents taught me a three-word phrase. I’d hear it after school when I arrived at their restaurant, crayons and toys in hand. When at home it echoed inside the pantry when they caught me searching for gold-wrapped chocolates. Whether it was bowls of porridge in winter, carefully arranged fruit platters in summer, or handmade egg rolls each birthday, food was our way of talking to one another. This project pays tribute to all those cherished memories—ones that were bookended not by “I love you,” but the words, “have you eaten?”
Food Styling: Caroline Hwang | Prop Styling: Casha Doemland | Location / Props: PropLink
Andrew Bui is a Vietnamese-American still life, interiors, and travel photographer. He’s drawn towards images with a strong point of view and creates work with an expressive, timeless quality. He currently splits his time between NYC and LA, but will travel wherever there’s a good bookstore, fried chicken sandwich, and an opportunity to create enduring images. In his free-time, you can find him tucked behind the counter of the award-winning phở restaurant his family has operated for 40 years.
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