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In the Light: Photos by Christopher Anderson

Posted on 27 April 2016

I'm not sure there's a living documentary photographer with a better eye for light and shadow than Christopher Anderson. Every time I take in his work, I'm sort of overwhelmed by the play between light, color, and shadow in each photo. No matter the circumstance (war, family life, politics), there's always a clear 'Anderson stamp.'

In an interview with Vice, he explains why he is not a photojournalist, but rather a documentary photographer: "The term photojournalist tends to be loaded with meaning: specifically that one reports the news. I don’t see that as my function. Even when I was photographing things that were news topics, like conflicts, my function was not that of a news reporter, my function was to comment on what I saw happen that day and to offer a subjective point of view. In my role, I was commenting on what was happening, but also trying to communicate what it felt like to be there when it was happening."

His most recent project, the book entitled "Son," is a continuation of his subtle and personal commentary, as he photographs his wife and son, and his own father, as he goes through radiation therapy for lung cancer. It seems a striking and emotional juxtaposition - all captured with intimacy and fleeting light. 

His work is vast and diverse, so I've limited myself to only including images from "Son," largely because I already look at these photos every couple weeks - just waiting to get my hands on one (they're currently sold out). Check out these photos, head to Magnum to see more, and/or click through to his website

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