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Joel Anderson

Medium: Photography

Booth #: GS8C

Artist bio: Growing up on an old Pennsylvania farm, I developed a deep love of animals and history. I moved to California after getting a degree in aerospace engineering. Unfortunately, that’s also when I discovered I’d rather be a photographer than a rocket scientist. I spent the next 6 years photographing on the side before resigning to become a full-time photographer, living and photographing in California’s Eastern Sierra for 4 years. Later I moved to a rural Pennsylvania farm where I live with my family and rescued animals.

My photography is about telling the story of a place. Most of my images are taken from documentary projects I'm working on, including farm animals in sanctuaries, Home/Land, the changing landscape of my rural hometown, former slave dwellings across the US, threatened old-growth forests, and Hard Coal, a study of bootleg anthracite miners. The slow method of film and darkroom suits the style of storytelling I favor.

My award-winning photographs have been exhibited at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado, the Royal Photographic Society in England, selected galleries, and at juried art shows around the country.

Artist Statement: Richly detailed, sepia-toned silver gelatin photographs printed individually by hand from medium format film negatives. From my projects Home/Land, exploring an isolated Pennsylvania valley, and Sanctuary, expressive photographs of rescued animals at sanctuaries.
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