Christopher Anderson's first child, Atlas, was born in 2008. It was when he began to photograph that experience in a completely organic and naive way. It was the natural action of a new parent trying to stop time and not miss a single drop of that experience. As a photographer, he had never photographed his personal life, it never occurred to him that these photographs would be part of his "job". He had been taking these photographs for two years when Anderson realized that these snapshots were, in fact, his life's work and that everything he had done up to that point was preparation for taking these photos. These became the book SON, published in 2012.
Pia could be described as the spiritual sequel to that book. This time, Anderson's daughter is the protagonist and muse, and the backdrop is her family's return to Paris (Anderson became a French citizen in 2018).
"The images portray a father-daughter relationship, as well as a photographer-subject collaboration as Pia takes control of her character. The passage of time comes with a certain melancholy, but it is also a statement of hope that guides the photographs." -Christopher Anderson.