Entering New Worlds Through Photography

Entering New Worlds Through Photography



ah you I'm still kind of endlessly fascinated by what is that magic dust that sprinkled on a certain image that makes it more powerful another image it goes so far beyond composition and lighting and all those things but yet it's kind of all those things mixed together and that's the essence of what is interesting about photography to me I love what the city looks like that my name is Christopher Anderson full member in Magnum there was certain ideas the notion that this camera could represent for me especially growing up in a small town in Texas this little machine represented a way out so there was that sense of having an idea of wanting to set things with this but what that really meant of being a professional no when I got out of university I was planning to go into academia but a friend of my family got me a job at the Dallas Morning News printing pictures and developing film there I did that as a summer job and I knew then I wanted to be a photographer somehow and I was never going to go back to academia I got really lucky someone gave me a job to take pictures before I even really understood that there was a job description of professional photographer I had no formal training I really didn't know how to work a camera I certainly had no journalism training I became this professional and kind of learned on the job and I spent but many years just trying to do my job as good as I could do it before I ever started really thinking about putting very basic questions to myself like what is a photograph and what do I want my photographs to represent those sort of questions came to me much later here's the here's the Haiti boat story June 18 2008 and I Michael Finkel met this guy in Haiti who told us this an amazing story about trying to get on a boat and sail to the United States we got on one of these boats 44 Haitians plus myself and the rider and we set sail and a few days later we started sinking that that moment in the boat when we realize that we were sinking you know up until that point I hadn't taken many photographs but and the guy we were with David says says Chris you better start taking pictures now we're going to be dead in 45 minutes without thinking too much about it I began making photographs as we were saying literally saying goodbye to each other that was that was that this is the guy David that was the like but we realized we were sinking you can see the water coming in from the inside of the boat there and later on after that I thought about that moment over and over again and tried to you know asking myself the question why why make photographs that I assumed no one would see and the only answer that I could come up with was was that the actual act of making pictures photography in and of itself it has much to do for me about explaining the world to myself as it did explaining it to someone else the very act of photography was part of how I understood things it crystallized the notion the idea of what it was I thought about photography and what I wanted to do with pictures it changed everything and from that point I guess editors thought that I was looking for danger and and was you know willing willing to go through some discomfort so I started getting offers to do the obvious thing which is go to Wars and that said about the next several years was this kind of blur into you know from Israel Palestine to Lebanon to Africa to Iraq Afghanistan but with a clear idea of what I wanted the pictures to be about I wanted to find a way for someone to feel what it was that I experienced an emotional quality that cut through all the ideas of facts and journalism but went straight to something else which is an emotional truth I don't know if I made a conscious decision to stop doing Wars or not a part of its I had a child when skill set that I had in doing that kind of work was that I was able to remain relatively common of situations and now I felt like I didn't trust how I would react but then there's also the other side of me which is that for me is that it's not it was never this you know oh I used to be that and now I've become this it's just like you know we would grow and we change as human beings so in even from a creative standpoint I'm taken in different directions now portraits for instance and really kind of looking at why I like some portraits why some portraiture is compelling and others is not and may not coming from any sort of formal technical training photography you know that forcing myself to learn some of those things in order to pull off what it is that I want to photograph yeah I kind of like those challenges present by present the Sun project the photographs of my son and my father it hadn't really happened quite organically in the sense that had a kid started like any father taking pictures of their kid at about the same time my father became ill and and so I was thinking about very obvious themes of the cycles of life and death and that's the weird thing about about Parenthood it's completely Universal and mundane and at the same time it's completely unique and an intimate and special and so I began photographing my father and my son and bad meeting just without thinking about it and it started to dawn on me that what I was seeing in the pictures was that quality that I felt like I've been on a search for since I first started using a camera and that everything that I had photographed up until that point was as if it were just some sort of preparation to bring me to that point to provide me with the tools or the insight or whatever it was in order to make those pictures and that that was my life's work it was very quick also because that particular set of pictures loses its magic the moment that it becomes a conscious work flash card camera lenses extra battery see I always want to take a picture right here that can't look to park my car the work I'm doing now with New York Magazine it's a big change for me because I'm staying mostly at home to do it after years of having worked mostly in strange places around the world check this out it's like old Bronx courthouse that's just bricked up and empty and and also for me is it is an extension of what the Sun work was that the Sun photographs are this you know this first time where I kind of look at my own world at this city in which I live and the people that I live within the city and and so in that sense the work is it retains this sort of personal edge to it this personal connection my world in New York and my friendships with other photographers and artists and writers and and it's part of this collective collective experience that we're having now that I'm privileged enough to get to to photograph in a concentrated way you know I don't know I don't know like Harlem Spanish Harlem as well as I would like to I would like to really explorable Wow I'm gonna try to stop here because it's a great shot and these aren't really the projects that I see a great shot here so I'd go out and I think that is like I just start I start turning over rocks and see what I find underneath and and sometimes do you find the most interesting things under a rock you know and sometimes you find nothing but a lot of it is just about going out and meeting people and the same where that leads to hello are you miss Delta No she's not here oh I heard she takes care of the gardens is that right what's that she went to the store they said she'd be back a little bit so are you regarding here too oh great we've met a couple women who have ten gardens outside of the projects they were sort of a connection into this world there but you never know what that leads to you never know what you know when you get invited in for tea or whatever and all of a sudden this other world opens up to you that you will never known just by just by walking behind or just by showing it's no winners and there's no losers out of it everybody wins I will try to understand that nobody lose everybody wins that's horrible if there's one word that I hope describes my pictures the kind of the gist of my pictures its intimacy and that requires an interaction with people of some extent I want the pictures to feel more than just a you know this shadow that passes passes by and and stops a scene I wanted to feel engaged and connected New York is one of the strange places to photograph because its first of all it's terribly photogenic they're pictured they're cliches everywhere but there's because light bouncing around is this graphically these big buildings and canyons of the streets and these characters all over the place and you're also just it's overwhelming it's daunting this idea of photographing New York because it is a genre and of itself it's here it's a photographic cliche you feel overwhelmed by this idea of how how can I ever you know attempt to do that it's all been done before the same time it hasn't been done I feel it's you know from my point of view right now in this year this week today as I'm working I'm thinking of how of these images that I make on the street today what that picture will mean 10 years from now to kind of think sometimes pictures age well in the sense that today it's a picture that doesn't look like much and doesn't mean much but can you imagine this thing 10 years from now 20 years ago 50 years from now that's how photography to me is interesting it's not just that moment it's not just today it's something that's that's a longer thing so yeah I'm aware of the assignment today and I go out and I do that do my work and do it correctly but really as I'm doing an assignment it's about the longer view the bigger picture and how this thing becomes a piece of a puzzle a much larger puzzle you

34 thoughts on “Entering New Worlds Through Photography

  • May 17, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    If he can do it anyone can!

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  • May 17, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    I am a street photographer by hobby and passion too. What is he says in the end is exactly what fascinates me. The pictures i take, how well are they going to age? Maybe 7-8 years from now, when we will see physical changes in fashion, streets, shops, cars. When there will be a reference for comparison. I am in love with this idea.

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  • May 17, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    Such an inspiration… Thank you for sharing 😍

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  • May 17, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    His passion for photography is very infectious. I sometimes have the privilege of traveling for my job and I always take my camera with me. The last trip was to a small town north of Branson, Missouri where I spent the better part of a chilly Saturday afternoon wandering the streets and taking photographs. I'm sure I looked out of place to the local townspeople, but I found it exciting to experience and document a new place.

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  • May 17, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    Well done guys. More photography episodes please.

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  • May 17, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    Is this video a little quiet?

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  • May 17, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    @3:47 BULLSHIT, he started/kept shooting because of the possibility of surviving and documenting the almost-death experience – should be a bit more honest with himself instead of going for the pseudo-spiritual pseudo-transcendent explaining the world to himself delusion

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  • May 17, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    I am a photographer – no pro (but serious amateur). This is an inspiring episode. More like this please.

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  • May 17, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    I must attest to the fact that their is something special about Photographing NYC. It’s just a photogenic Model of a city like he said. Always something interesting and unexpected around the corner. Hard to take a bad photo of the city

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  • May 17, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    Yea, lost interest when he said "they gave me a job"…. How bout writing on someone who had to WORK for what was handed to him….

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  • May 17, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    Vice is a disease on society. Fake news.

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  • May 17, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    Thanks Vice for this brilliant perspective.

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  • May 17, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    Its a shame that you have not shown much of his photography. Work on my Pride series from 20 years of Pride. Europe. Great video otherwise.

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  • May 17, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    How does one graduation college before they know that people are payed to take pictures????

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  • May 17, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    Dear Vice.. how does a no name photographer get the chance to shoot with Vice, and to be presented on program?.. www.streykatt.com

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  • May 17, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    He’s chimping his shots!!

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  • May 17, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    I wonder, how the Magnum photographer make a living since the Photo Agency no longer serving the press world. Just concern the photographers.

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  • May 17, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    Exceptional video, thanks Vice you always have a great way of capturing a different perspective.

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  • May 17, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    Everybody brings something different to photography. Everyone sees things different and has different equipment etc. There is no good reason to criticize another photographer. If you like what you shot, then that is a goal achieved. Be yourself. Capture life. The "best" photographers don't work for National Geographic etc. Every photographer brings something to the world of photography, so shoot on. Don't be discouraged by others.

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  • May 17, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    A reminder that you don't need to look far to make interesting photos. Here's Chris Anderson photographing my home and that's pretty cool.

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  • May 17, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    So how did they survive the sinking boat? Did I miss that?

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  • May 17, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    I love this video

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  • May 17, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    White male artist… 1) exotify colored people 2) eroticize women 3) use children to show "sensitive" side 4) traveled to "strange" (his own word) places to build up on street creds 5) tell the world he's not cliché …. voila, a great "artist" is born!

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  • May 17, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    vice you need to do more short documentaries on photographers!

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  • May 17, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    Very good little documentary. Glad I watched it.
    Thank you.

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  • May 17, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    This video makes me wanna grab my camera and go shooting!!

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  • May 17, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    I enjoy these inspiring photography vids, but would it kill you to feature someone other than a bunch of white dudes? Now that we're in the 21st century there's actually a lot of photojournalists who aren't white bros

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  • May 17, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    Going from risking your life on a refugee boat to using a screen protector. What a life.

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  • May 17, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    https://youtu.be/Yj32koPVwFs?t=237 "Why make photographs that I assumed no one would see? The only answer that I could come up with was that the actual act of making pictures, photography in and of itself, has much to do for me about explaining the world to myself as it did explaining it to some one else. The very act of photography was part of how I understood things."

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  • May 17, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    Sounds very muffled.

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