Gregg Segal studied photography and film at California Institute of the Arts (BFA), dramatic writing at New York University (MFA) and education at The University of Southern California (MA). Segal's photography has been recognised by American Photography, Communication Arts, PDN, Investigative Reporters and Editors, The New York Press Club, the Society of Publication Designers and the Magnum Photography Awards.
Segal's portraiture and photo essays have been featured in Time, GEO, Smithsonian, The Independent, Le Monde, Fortune, National Geographic Adventure and Wired, among others. Segal's first monograph, Daily Bread, will be published by Powerhouse Books in 2019.
In a hut on a construction site outside Mumbai, Anchal sits down to dinner with her family: homemade aloo bhindo (okra and potato curry) and chapati (flatbread) with a side of lentils. Anchal has a healthier diet than many middle-class kids in India, who can afford to eat out. In Mumbai, a medium Dominoes pizza runs 13 bucks – about 3 times what Anchal's father earns a day.
Sensing a sea change in Western attitudes about diet and the effects of junk food, fast food companies have begun investing heavily in foreign markets where public awareness isn't as keen – and Big Macs aren't junk – they're a status symbol.
As globalization alters our relationship to food, I'm making my way around the world, asking kids to keep a journal of everything they eat in a week. Once the week is up, I make a portrait of the child with the food arranged around them. I'm focusing on kids because eating habits, which form when we're young, last a lifetime and often pave the way to chronic health problems like diabetes, heart disease and colon cancer.
I've been encouraged to find regions and communities where slow food will never be displaced by junk food, where home cooked meals are the bedrock of family and culture. The goal of Daily Bread is to be a catalyst for change and link to a growing, grassroots community that is moving the needle on diet.