The EAT UP | Roof-to-Table Photography Exhibition captures the vibrancy of North America’s burgeoning rooftop agriculture movement. With fresh roofscape imagery and gritty portraiture, this collection of 30 colorful photographs portrays food’s journey from urban roof to plate.
The exhibition coincides with the publication of EAT UP | the inside scoop on rooftop agriculture, the first full-length book about rooftop food production. The book includes over 100 images of skyline farms and vegetable gardens, most of which are printed in black and white to satisfy the publishing house’s carbon-neutral mission. By featuring images from EAT UP, the exhibition aims to bring the colors of rooftop agriculture to life while spreading the imagery of a movement.
Each archival photograph is framed in double-reclaimed lumber that transformed from barn siding to flooring to frame stock. EAT UP author Lauren Mandel curated this travelling exhibition. The works of nine photographers showcase rooftop imagery from nine cities: Philadelphia, New York City, Chicago, Boston, Portland, San Francisco, Sarasota, Montreal, and Vancouver. The contributing photographers are:
- Allen Ying Photography
- Ari Burling Photography
- Jake Stein Greenberg
- John Q. Porter
- Lauren Mandel, MLA, ASLA
- Lufa Farms
- Michael I. Mandel, PhD
- Patrick Rogers Photography
- The Fairmont Waterfront
The exhibition is now on display in Philadelphia at Good Karma Cafe (928 Pine St.) through June 29. The show will travel to Chicago from August 20 through September 15, where it will occupy the walls of Uncommon Ground (1401 W. Devon Ave.), a restaurant with its very own rooftop farm. The photographs are available for purchase (both framed and unframed), so stop by if you’re in the area! If you’re interested in hosting this exhibition at your own gallery, restaurant, or public venue, please contact Lauren at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rooftop agriculture is real, it’s happening. Now pick up a spade, a fork, or a pen and help kick-start this revolution.