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Christopher Anderson’s photographs portray a contemporary China in the midst of perpetual reinvention.

These images are tightly cropped and extremely close up, bringing the viewer to an intimate distance where all context is removed, except for the ambient artificial light that illuminates the faces, giving only the sensual information of the physical form allowing the viewer the indiscreet pleasure of staring at another human face and wondering who the individual might be or what they might be thinking about at the moment of the photograph. These photographs are not a documentary about what people do. Rather they are a search for connection and recognition of self.

  • Signed by Christopher Anderson
  • Format: Hardback, paper wrapped, Silk screened
  • Pages: 184
  • Size: 7.2 x 9.8 in
  • Publisher: Stanley/Barker
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • ISBN: 978-0-9955555-9-4

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"I have seen the future and it is now and it is China. There is no need for the past. It can be erased. A new happiness is being constructed, an approximation of joy, better than the real thing.” - Christopher Anderson

Signed by Christopher Anderson


Christopher Anderson’s photographs portray a contemporary China in the midst of perpetual reinvention.

These images are tightly cropped and extremely close up, bringing the viewer to an intimate distance where all context is removed, except for the ambient artificial light that illuminates the faces, giving only the sensual information of the physical form allowing the viewer the indiscreet pleasure of staring at another human face and wondering who the individual might be or what they might be thinking about at the moment of the photograph. These photographs are not a documentary about what people do. Rather they are a search for connection and recognition of self.

  • Signed by Christopher Anderson
  • Format: Hardback, paper wrapped, Silk screened
  • Pages: 184
  • Size: 7.2 x 9.8 in
  • Publisher: Stanley/Barker
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • ISBN: 978-0-9955555-9-4

The Magnum Shop usually ships orders at least three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. To calculate shipping please go to your Cart.

International Orders:
Please note that if you choose First Class International for orders up to 4lbs or up to $400, delivery can take up to 30 days and tracking may not be available for your country.

If you choose Priority Mail International for your order delivery usually takes between 6 to 10 days depending on your country. Tracking will always be available.

If you prefer a different shipping method or an alternative shipping company, please email shop@magnumphotos.com. All shipments are insured.