For the launch of Death Over Dinner – The Jewish Edition, commercial still life photographer George Barberis got to dive deep into the beautiful world of Jewish history, tradition and symbolism. The client, in partnership with IKAR and Reboot, was looking to change the way their congregants prepare for their final days and inspire a life with intention and gratitude. With this goal in mind, Death Over Dinner spent the past year speaking with religious and healthcare experts to curate the finest materials for visitors to access in preparation for their dinners —photography included.
In preparation for the shoot, George met with art director Michael Heeb and prop stylist Margo Latka to determine how to deliver on the client’s concept with a linear story. They imagined a dinner table that fused both modern and old world visual elements. Next George and Margo were left to play with biblical references, ancient grains, oil and figs, uniquely modern Esque glassware, elegant gold flatware and haunting candles. The team wanted to capture the ritual of the meal, evoke the senses and create an analogy for life’s important moments and transitions.