Christopher Anderson (photographer)

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Christopher Anderson (on right) with Mary Ellen Mark and Antonin Kratochvil

Christopher Anderson is a photographer, member of Magnum Photos.[1] Born in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada in 1970, he grew up in the west Texas town of Abilene.[2]


Christopher Anderson first gained recognition for his pictures in 1999 when he boarded a small 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 received the Robert Capa Gold Medal.

Anderson's early work from conflict zones such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon and Israel/ Palestine earned international acclaim and awards such as two World Press Photo Awards and Magazine Photographer of the Year.

In 2004, Anderson began traveling to Venezuela to document the country under the presidency of Hugo Chávez. The resulting book, Capitolio (RM 2009) was named one of the best photographic books of 2010 at the Kassels book Festival in Germany. In 2011, Anderson made Capitolio into an app for iPhone and iPad, the first ever photographic book to be made into an application for such devices. His current work crosses genres, from documentary to art to portraiture of celebrities (such as Lady Gaga) and fashion.

Anderson was one of the early members of the agency VII that was formed by photographers James Nachtwey and Antonin Kratochvil in 2001. He resigned from the agency in 2004 and joined Magnum Photos in 2005. He has served as a contract photographer for Newsweek and National Geographic Magazines and is currently the first ever "Photographer in Residence" at New York Magazine,[3][4][2] working with editors Adam Moss and Jody Quon.[1]


  • Nonfiction. DeMo, 2003
  • Capitolio. Editorial RM, 2009
  • Sete # 12. Images En Manœuvres, 2012
  • Son. Heidelberg: Kehrer, 2013. ISBN 978-3-86828-390-7.


  • Kodak Young Photographer of the Year (1999)[5]
  • nominated for the Pulitzer Prize by The New York Times Magazine (2000)
  • Robert Capa Gold medal (2000)[6]
  • Magazine Photographer of the Year (2005)
  • Getty Grant (2008)[7]
  • World Press Photo (2007)[8]
  • World Press Photo (2008)[9]



  • 2003 – NONFICTION, InCamera, New York, USA
  • 2010 – CAPITOLIO
    • ImageSingulieres, Sete, France
    • Milk Gallery, New York
  • 2010 – MODA, Winzavod Center of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
  • 2011 – SON, LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • 2012 – SON, Magnum Gallery, Paris, France


  • 2004
    • Inviati di Guerra – otto reportages fotografici 1991-2003 - Scavi Scaligeri. Centro Internazionale di Fotografia, Verona
    • War by VII / Usa – Afghanistan – Iraq - War Photo Limited, Dubrovnik
    • War – New York, Kabul, Baghdad - Visual Gallery photokina, Köln
  • 2006 – Off Broadway - PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan
  • 2008 – Magnum Photos 60 years - Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
  • 2009
    • Magnum Contemporary – Future Icons - Atlas Gallery, London
    • Bitter Fruit: Pictures from Afghanistan - Magnum Print Room, London
    • Prix Pictet, Photography Prize 2009 - Purdy Hicks Gallery, London
    • Prix Pictet 2009 Shortlist – Earth - Passage de Retz, Paris
  • 2010
    • Earth Tracks - Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Thessaloninki
    • Prix Pictet – EARTH - Gallery of Photography, Dublin
    • Nominierung Prix Pictet 2009: Earth - Galerie Caprice Horn, Berlin
    • Magnum. Shifting Media. New Role of Photography - C/O Berlin, Berlin
    • Prix Pictet - Fondazione FORMA per la Fotografia, Milan


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