“I started this project when I was taking care of my father, in the years before he died. He was in his mid-nineties so, of course, I was thinking about death and mortality constantly. Then a magazine sent me to shoot a portrait of a person that had had extensive plastic surgery and I was immediately struck by his features. It occurred to me: what is plastic surgery, if not the denial of death and aging? As I progressed into the heart of the idea, I became interested in other thoughts, too: What choices do we make when we re-create ourselves?”

Read the full interview on GUP Magazine.

“A New Kind of Beauty” is featured on Hungry Still with a personal anecdote and recipe provided by Phillip Toledano, as follows.

“I realised after my mother died that there were things that I’d never taste again, like her chocolate cake, or her Spanish omelette, or her applesauce… so I tried to make some of them from her recipe book. I suppose, in a way, I was trying to bring her back…”



Chocolate Cake 

This recipe has been pinched from Genia, who I think was a friend of my mother.

– 240 g of dark chocolate powder
– 240 g butter
– 240 g castor sugar (try half)
– 210 g flour
– 6 egg whites
– 1 shot (50 ml) of Whiskey or liqueur


Beat the butter with the sugar until soft. Add the flour and then the egg whites one at a time. Then add chocolate powder and the liqueur. Cook at Gas Mark 5 for 50 minutes.

Multimedia Tips

a. What program was used to create the multimedia?

I think I made it using keynote or a simple slideshow with iPhoto.

b. How and why did you choose that sound/music?

In terms of music, I just picked something that felt right!

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