The portraits by artist duo Ilka & Franz do away with mealtime regulars in a way that is both beautiful and humorous

You may have been told not to play with your food, but photographers Ilka & Franz broke that rule to create some darkly humorous photos. With the help of set designer Adam Purnell and food stylist Udo Reichelt-Schaurer, “The Tragic Murder of a Hamburger” is an artistic photography series of gruesome, culinary crime scenes.

Ilka & Franz tells PSFK that the project almost began with the title itself:

“We thought it was funny and went with it, almost created the story around the title rather than the other way around. One of the early ideas was to cut up a hot dog with a saw and make a GIF out of it and from there the concept developed. We wanted the ideas behind each of the murder scenes to be really dark. It’s a gun shot victim in a back alley, a cremation, drowning, a car crash and what ended up being a taco getting sawn into pieces. In contrast to the dark ideas is the way we shot it, which is really bright and pastel-toned. There is also the element of the foods theoretically being people.”

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