Romulo Yanes

The late Rómulo Yanes was a celebrated Cuban-born photographer who specialized in what The New York Times described as “capturing the natural beauty of food.” His award-winning visual artistry graced the covers and editorial pages of Gourmet magazine for over 25 years. In addition to Food & Wine, Yanes’ photography appeared in such publications as Martha Stewart Living, Cooking Light, GQ, and Health, as well as in the books An Invitation to the White House (2000) and Cooking for Madam: Recipes and Reminiscences from the Home of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1998).


Rómulo Yanes developed a love of photography after taking a course on the medium in high school. He assisted other photographers and managed a photography studio before working at Condé Nast where he served as the staff photographer at Gourmet until the publication shuttered in 2009. Yanes’ photography shaped Gourmet’s visual identity and contributed to its winning the National Magazine Award for general excellence in 2004, followed by awards for photography in 2008 and 2009. Over the course of his career, Yanes shot for 35 publications and influenced the entire genre of food photography with what Susan Bright in Aperture called “a realism that taps into the eyes, mouth, brain, and stomach.” As Gourmet’s former editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl put it simply, “He made food sexy and gorgeous.” Yanes passed away in 2021 at the age of 62.


Rómulo Yanes graduated from New York City’s School of Visual Arts.

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