Christopher Anderson book signing for COP
Wednesday, Sep 11, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Christopher 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 carrying larger guns seemed to be everywhere, and whilst the increased presence of security was designed, in part, to make New Yorkers feel safe, it 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 a form of unconscious protest on a larger sense of authority. On assessing the images he was making, Anderson began to see them as something entirely different than a protest or commentary on power - there was almost a sentimentality. This series of photographs, made with a long lens on the streets of New York, is reproduced in rich saturated color and interspersed with black-and-white images that have been printed, distressed, and re-photographed.