Christopher Anderson (1970)

Christopher AndersonChristopher Anderson is one of the most influential contemporary photographers of his generation. He first gained recognition in 1999 when he boarded a small wooden boat loaded with with 44 Haitian immigrants trying to sail to America. The boat sank in the Caribbean. The images, commissioned by the New York Times Magazine, would receive the Robert Capa Gold Medal in 2000.

Since then, Anderson’s work has defied categorization as he slips between the worlds of documentary, art, commercial and fashion photography. From 2011 to 2013 Christopher was New York Magazine’s first ever “Photographer in Residence”, a collaboration that helped shaped the current visual identity of the magazine. Christopher photographed the last portrait sitting of President Barack Obama in the White House and the first of Donald Trump in the Oval Office.
The author of five monographs of photography, his latest book, Approximate Joy, released in September 2018 and acclaimed in The New Yorker, was exhibited at the Danziger Gallery in New York City.

Christopher was born in western Canada and grew up in Texas, was naturalized as a French citizen in 2017. He currently lives in Barcelona.

Portrait © Bill Phelps