Christopher Anderson

b. Canada, 1970

Born in British Columbia in 1970, Christopher Anderson spent much of his early years in Texas, where his father was a preacher, before moving to New York City and then Paris. His life in photography began in the photo lab of the "Dallas Morning News" where he learned to develop film and print pictures. In 1993, Christopher was hired as a staff photographer for a small Colorado newspaper. Never comfortable with the idea of working as an employee, he left the newspaper in 1995 and began doing freelance assignments.

Initially working in color, Anderson began photographing a wide range of subjects for magazines. In 1996, he became a contract photographer for "U.S. News and World Report" where he began documenting social issues such as the effects of Russia's economic crisis, the situation of Afghan refugees in Pakistan and, more recently, the election of Evo Morales in Bolivia. In 1999, Anderson made a reportage on Haitian immigrants trying to sail to the United States that would significantly change his work to focus on what he often thought of as experiential journalism. Working now in b&w, Anderson was honored with the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award. Later that year, he photographed the stone throwers of Gaza, and was named Kodak's "Young Photographer of the Year". In 2003, he published his first monograph, Nonfiction, published by deMo.

He joined the VII Agency in 2002, and became a Magnum nominee in 2005 and a full member in 2010. He is based in New York.

Awards

2001      Visa d’Or, Visa Pour l’Image, Perpignan
2001      Kodak Young Photographer Award
2000      Robert Capa Gold Medal

Books

2009      Capitolio, RM, USA
2004      Nonfiction, Consortium Books Sales, USA