|About the Artist
Kim Anderson began his
career photographing people and fashion, while also doing work in
In the past decade, the name Kim Anderson
has become synonymous with children's photography, known for an
extraordinary body of work that conjures feelings of joy, innocence,
tenderness, and wonder while reawakening the viewer's own memories of
childhood. The romantic and endearing photography has a timeless and
universal appeal. Kim Anderson resides in Bonn, Germany with his family.
His seven year old daughter is often featured in his photography.
The creator of these beloved images is
Bertram Bahner, who lives with his family in a
mountainside village in Switzerland. Long before the Kim Anderson series
appeared, Bahner was a successful European photographer. Today he is one
of the most widely published photographers in the world.
Initially inspired to record his
three-year-old daughter Nicola playing with her friends, Bahner
discovered that he had captured moments of universal appeal. From the
beginning Bahner's methods were marked by simplicity and sincerity,
using few props in a session and then letting the children play while
stepping back to wait for the one spontaneous yet timeless moment when ,
as he says, "the emotion is perfect."
Soon the Kim Anderson project took on
life of its own. Photographs of his daughters and friends were augmented
with images of other little girls and boys, among them Bahner's son
Manuel. Family involvement also includes his wife Monika, who helps to
choose the props and styles the shoots with inimitable flair. Bahner
continues to hand-print each carefully selected images, and oversees the
hand coloring that has become the Kim Anderson signature.