Approximate Joy (2nd edition)

@ Anderson, Christopher



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Presentation by Stanley / Barker : 

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

« 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

The 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. "

NB : This book was quickly sold out a few weeks after its initial release; we are offering copies of the second edition / printing (now also sold out by the publisher).

120 pages - Hardcover

Stanley / Barker, 2018

Format : 25.5 x 30 cm

New - Mint condition

Anderson, Christopher

Christopher Anderson is an American photojournalist. He covered numerous conflict zones and political subjects in Afghanistan, Israel & Palestine, Iraq, Haiti, Venezuela. He was awarded a "Robert Capa Gold Medal" for a reportage on refugees fleeing Haiti in 1999, and two "World Press Photo Award". Anderson also does magazine and press work and portraiture. Christopher Anderson was one of the first members of VII Photo agency, then left to join Magnum Photos in 2005. He has published several books, including "Capitolio" about the Chavez presidency in Venezuela (Editorial RM, 2009), "Stump" (Editorial RM, 2013) about the spectacle of the American politics and "Approximate Joy" (Stanley / Barker, 2018), an intimate portrait of contemporary China. He has also published work about his family life and children : "Son" (Kehrer, 2013), which was re-published by Stanley / Barker in 2021, and "Pia" about his daughter (Stanley / Barker, 2020). © Portrait by Bill Phelps, taken from the  World Press Photo website
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