Dennis Anderson


Dennis Anderson is an internationally known hospitality and design photographer whose fine art photography is in the permanent collection of the New York Museums of Modern Art. The SF MOMA has acquired two pieces as well.

A native of New Jersey, Anderson received a B.A. in art from Antioch College and came to San Francisco to study photography under Imogene Cunningham. He has shot extensively for the American Conservatory Theatre, and the SF Ballet and Opera. After setting up a studio to specialize in photographing tribal art he traveled to Asia to publish four separate books on Oriental Carpets and Chinese porcelain. During this period Anderson shot regularly for the art editor of Architectural Digest

A love for water next found Anderson traveling the Caribbean, shooting underwater for Oceans Magazine and above water for a number of island resorts. Then, as an accomplished master of lighting, Anderson returned to Asia and traveled throughout South America shooting feature assignments on location for Resorts and Great Hotels Magazine. His photos have appeared in many publications including Hospitality Design, Designers West, Interiors, California Homes, Vogue Living, Professional Lighting, Millionaire Magazine and Rolling Stone.

Anderson’s latest project is a new coffee table book called Hidden Treasures of San Francisco Bay, published by Heyday books. Exhibits were shown at the San Francisco Airport Museums, and the California Academy of Science. Subsequent speaking engagements and slide show presentations have alternated with architecture and interior assignments giving Anderson several ways to share his photos with the Bay Area community.

Anderson currently lives on his wooden fishing boat, a 45 ft. Sardine Lighter built in the Bay Area in 1926. He has made his living with his camera for three decades and maintains a photo studio in San Rafael, near his slip, at the Loch Lomond Marina. 

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