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Christopher Anderson

Pia

Christopher Anderson

Christopher Anderson. Pia #7, 2016

The process with my own family has made me much more aware about ideas of representation in photography. It’s part of the reason that I can’t function as a photojournalist anymore. Christoper Anderson WSJ Magazine

"Pia could be called the spiritual sequel to the SON project, and marks a new era and search for hope in the Trump/ COVID19 reality. This time, my daughter, Pia, is the protagonist and muse, and the backdrop was our family’s return to Paris (my wife is French and my children are half-French).

The images portray a father-daughter relationship, but they are equally about the nature of the relationship between photographer and subject and the role of collaboration as Pia takes control of her character. The passage of time comes with a certain melancholy, but also a declaration of hope that guides the photographs.

While making these images, I thought often of this quote by Robert Adams: “Are there scenes in life, right now, for which we might conceivably be thankful? Is there a basis for joy or serenity, even if felt only occasionally? Are there grounds now and then for an unironic smile? Every artist and would-be artist should, I think, recognize a responsibility to try, without lying, to answer those questions with a yes."

-- Christopher Anderson

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Christopher Anderson

Pia #20, 2016

1.5 ETH

Christopher Anderson

Pia #16, 2016

1.5 ETH

Christopher Anderson

Pia #2, 2016

1.5 ETH

Christopher Anderson

Pia #18, 2016

1.5 ETH

Christopher Anderson

Pia #24, 2016

1.5 ETH

Christopher Anderson

Pia #26, 2016

1.5 ETH

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Artist

Christopher Anderson

1970 (Canada)

Christopher Anderson is known for his emotionally charged, artfully drawn images that explore themes of truth and subjectivity. He is one of today’s most influential photographers, whose origins began in war reporting and later transformed into something more intimate, blending the worlds of commercial, art and fashion work, but always with a foundation in documentary.

Anderson was born in Canada and grew up in west Texas. His photographic career began working for local newspapers. In 2000, on assignment for the New York Times Magazine, he boarded a small wooden boat with 44 Haitians trying to sail to America. The boat sank in the Caribbean. The photographs received the Robert Capa Gold Medal and marked the beginning of a ten-year period as a contract photographer for Newsweek Magazine and National Geographic Magazine. In 2011 he became New York Magazine’s first ever Photographer in Residence; a notable collaboration that would also mark Anderson’s shift into portraiture and fashion, making images of significant figures including Barack Obama, Spike Lee and Debby Harry.

In 2008, after the birth of his first child, Anderson moved further away from journalistic magazine work to subjects more immediate to his personal experience. In 2012, his book, SON, was published, defining a visual direction that has come characterize to his work. Other projects created within this intensely intimate approach include Capitolio, Stump and Approximate JOY.

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