"Emotion or feeling is really the only thing about pictures I find
interesting. Beyond that it is just a trick."
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. He is based in New York.
2001 Visa d’Or, Visa Pour l’Image, Perpignan
2001 Kodak Young Photographer Award
2000 Robert Capa Gold Medal
2004 Nonfiction, Consortium Books Sales, USA