Christopher Anderson was born in Canada in 1970 and grew up in west Texas.
He first gained recognition for his pictures in 1999 when he boarded a handmade, wooden boat with Haitian refugees trying to sail to America. The boat, named the Believe In God, sank in the Caribbean. In 2000 the images from that journey would receive the Robert Capa Gold Medal. They would also mark the emergence of an emotionally charged style that he refers to as “experiential documentary” and has come to characterize his work since.
Christopher is a member of Magnum Photos and is currently New York Magazine’s first ever photographer-in-residence. He is the author of two monographs: Nonfiction, published in 2003 and CAPITOLIO, published in 2009 by RM and named one of the best photography books of 2009/10 at the Kassel Photo Book Festival in Germany. In May 2012, his third book, Bleu Blanc Rouge will be released and SON is scheduled for release in spring of 2013.
There has been a screening of Christopher Anderson’s work at the Théâtre Antique in 2012, for the ENSP’s (French National School of Photogrpahy) 30 years.