Cop.

Photographs by Christoper Anderson.
Stanley/Barker, London, English, 2019. In English. 88 pp., 43 color illustrations, 9¾x12¾".



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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: Bomb blast barriers went up; cops seamed to be everywhere and they carried bigger guns. The increased presence of security, was designed partly as means to make New Yorkers feel safe, but actually just reminded Anderson 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, as some form of unconscious protest on a larger sense of authority. However, on assessing the images he was making, he 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. 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.' —Christopher Anderson

Christopher Anderson is a member of Magnum Photos. He first gained recognition in 1999 when his poignant images of the  rescue of Haitian refugees taken onboard a sinking wooden boat named the “Believe in God” won him the Robert Capa Gold Medal. His previous book, critically acclaimed Approximate Joy, was widely regarded as one of the best books of 2018.


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