A new book by Christopher Anderson tells the story of New York City through its police officers.
COP, published by Stanley/Barker, began as a commentary on power but evolved into something much more.
Hyper Cosmos, Arles, will host a launch party for the book on July 4.
Anderson began photographing New York City cops in the wake of 9/11, as the visual landscape of the city he called home began to change.
Cops carrying larger guns seemed to be everywhere and bomb blast barriers went up across the city.
The increased security measures were supposed to make New Yorkers feel safer. For Anderson it was a reminder that something was deeply wrong.
Then, in the wake of Occupy Wall Street, the death of Eric Garner and the election of Trump, Anderson found himself making photographs of cops on the streets of New York City once again.
It began as a form of unconscious protest on a larger sense of authority.
On assessing the images he was making, Anderson began to see them as something entirely different than a protest or commentary on power.
There was almost a sentimentality.
“I saw a portrait of a working class, immigrant America,” said Anderson.
“The uniform only served as a thread on which to hang a cross section sample.
“The photographs felt more like a love letter to New York.”
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 book, Approximate Joy received critical acclaim in 2018.
COP is available to order online from Stanley/Barker now.
The official launch party will take place on July 4 at Hyper Cosmos, Arles.
For more information visit www.stanleybarker.co.uk
Main image: Women’s March Midtown Manhattan the day after Donald Trump is inaugurated as president © Christopher Anderson/Magnum, from COP, published by Stanley/Barker.