How an Atlantan Photographer, Angie Mosier, Wants to Reshape Our Perceptions of Southern Cuisine

Originally published in Atlanta Magazine

In the fall of 2019, if all goes according to plan, New York City–based chef Marcus Samuelsson will release a cookbook called A Moving Feast: Recipes and Stories of Soul Food’s Journey North. Through the lens of food, it will share accounts of the Great Migration, the massive movement of black people from the rural South to the urban centers of the Northeast and Midwest during the 20th century.

A Moving Feast will feature more than 100 photographs of food, restaurants, chefs, and cooks that characterize the Great Migration. Nearly every image will have been captured by photographer Angie Mosier, a lifelong Atlantan who is preternaturally talented, excessively humble, and unmistakably white.

Her portfolio, though, is a melting pot. Mosier’s diverse portrait subjects, from pitmasters to oyster shuckers to Michelin-starred chefs, have a few commonalities: In front of her lens, they appear confident and unguarded, humble yet elevated. A student of history and member of organizations like the Southern Foodways Alliance and the Atlanta History Center, Mosier has long been drawn to the story of the Great Migration. “This is a project that I really, really wanted,” she says. “It’s a subject I’m passionate about.”

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