Originally, Anderson began photographing police officers in New York City following the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent change to the visual landscape of Anderson’s home city. As the city transformed – with bomb blast barriers appearing, cops becoming heavily armed, and the presence of security increasing – Anderson found himself reminded that something was deeply wrong.
With Occupy Wall Street, the death of Eric Garner and eventually Trump’s election, Anderson found himself making photographs of cops on the streets of New York City once again, as a form of unconscious protest on a larger sense of authority.
About the artist:
Christopher Anderson is a member of Magnum. He first gained recognition in 1999 when his poignant images of the rescue of Haitian refugees taken onboard a sinking wooden boat won him the Robert Capa Gold Medal. His previous book Approximate Joy was widely regarded as one of the best books of 2018.