Born in British Columbia in 1970, Christopher Anderson spent much of his early years in Texas, where his father was a preacher, before moving to New York City and then Paris.
His life in photography began in the photo lab of the Dallas Morning News. There he learned to develop film and print pictures. After that in 1993, he was hired as a staff photographer for a small Colorado newspaper. However,never comfortable with the idea of working as an employee, he left the newspaper in 1995 and began doing freelance assignments.
Initially working in color, Christopher Anderson began photographing a wide range of subjects for magazines. In 1996, he became a contract photographer for U.S. News & World Report. There he began documenting social issues such as the effects of Russia’s economic crisis. Also, the situation of Afghan refugees in Pakistan and the election of Evo Morales in Bolivia. After that in 1999, Anderson covered Haitian immigrants trying to sail to the United States. Above all, this project changed his work to focus on what he often thought of as experiential journalism.