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Christopher Anderson: Pia

Christopher Anderson explores father-daughter and photographer-subject relationships in his latest photo book.

Prints for Pia by Christopher Anderson
Prints for Pia by Christopher Anderson

Christopher Anderson explores the father-daughter relationship in his latest photo book.

Pia, published by STANLEY/BARKER, is out now.

“The images portray a father-daughter relationship as well as a photographer-subject collaboration as Pia takes control of her character,” says Anderson.

“The passage of time comes with a certain melancholy, but also a declaration of hope that guides the photographs.”


Anderson’s first child, Atlas, was born in 2008.

He began photographing that experience in an organic and naïve way.

It was the natural action of a new father trying to stop time and not let one drop of the experience slip through.

As a photographer, he had never photographed his own personal life.

It never occurred to him that these photographs would be part of his ‘work’.

They were external from what he considered his photography.

However, after about two years, it dawned on Anderson that these photographs were, in fact, his life’s work.

Everything he had done up to that point was a preparation for making those pictures.

They became the book, SON, published in 2012.

It portrayed a moment in time in Williamsburg Brooklyn, post 9/11 and the 2008 economic crash when artist lofts still made up the community and before the arrival of luxury condos.

Cover of Pia by Christopher Anderson
Cover image of Pia © Christopher Anderson, courtesy of STANLEY/BARKER


Pia could be called the spiritual sequel to SON.

But this time, it marks a new era and search for hope in the Trump/COVID-19 reality.

This time, Anderson’s daughter, Pia, is the protagonist and muse.

The backdrop is his French family’s return to Paris – Anderson became a naturalized French citizen in 2018.

Christopher Anderson

Anderson is a photographer and member of Magnum Photos.

He is the author of two previous STANLEY/BARKER titles – Cop and Approximate Joy.

Click here for more information on Pia.

Pia is also available as a limited artist’s edition.

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Spectrum Photographic produced thirty 10” x 8” Giclée prints for the editions on Ilford Prestige Smooth Pearl 310gsm.