Dennis Anderson Photographer


Recently named one of the 10 great hospitality photographers by Hospitality Design Magazine, Dennis Anderson is an internationally-known commercial and residential photographer whose fine art photography is in the permanent collections of the Museums of Modern Art in New York and San Francisco.

Environmental themes and a conservation ethic have been important in Dennis' work for years. His under-water photography and articles chronicled the development of a conservation movement on Grand Cayman. This work was published by Oceans magazine under the title, "Conservation in Grand Cayman - One Island's Chance to Make it Work." Island Homes has published his design and architecture features. Recently, Maritime Life and Traditions published Anderson's photo essay on Tigre, the little known Delta region north of Buenos Aires, titled "The Wooden Lanchas of Tiger Island."

Dennis has made his living in photography for four decades and has traveled to a number of countries in Asia to publish books on Tribal Art, Oriental carpets and Sung Dynasty porcelain. He is the principal photographer of the Ehrenfeld Collections of Indian Art and their associated catalogues.

His photos illustrated Fred Rohe's The Zen of Running, Random House, which subsequently sold over 65,000 copies. He has shot extensive theater photography for the S.F. American Conservatory theater (ACT) and KQED television, had a show of 140 prints at the S.F. Airport Museums, and was commissioned for the visit of Pope John Paul II to Northern California.

Over the last few years, Dennis has worked in China, Brazil, Argentina, and in the Caribbean and Mexico, making photographs for Islands Publishing, Starwood, Resorts and Great Hotels, Maritime Life and Traditions, and for major architecture and design firms.

After publication of his book Hidden Treasures of San Francisco Bay, Anderson was interviewed on television and radio and featured on the popular television program Bay Area Backroads with Doug McConnell, KRON TV Channel 4.

Senator Diane Feinstein comments about the book:

    "As a native San Franciscan I have enjoyed the San Francisco Bay all my life. Yet Dennis Anderson’s striking photography reveals a world I have seen only in glimpses—the Bay at night, underwater, and from above….
    This is a truly remarkable work."

This accomplished master of lighting is a native of New Jersey. He received his B.A. degree in art from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and then studied under Imogene Cunningham at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Anderson’s portfolios have appeared in the Swiss Camera magazine, Popular & Modern Photography and Camera 35. Anderson’s writing and photos have appeared in Art and Antiques Magazine, Hospitality Design, Hotel Design, The Robb Report – Luxury Homes, Interiors, Designers West, California Home and Design, Professional Lighting Design, Fine Woodworking, Contract Design, Resorts and Great Hotels, Vogue Living, Rolling Stone, and Architectural Digest.

Dennis is a member of the Distinguished Speakers Series of the American Society of Interior Designers. He presents a popular series of ASID seminars around the country called "The Magical Language of Architectural Photography".

Anderson lately moved off of his wooden fishing boat, the antique 1926 Sardine Lighter. He still maintains a studio in San Rafael, California and can also be found at his home in Klamath Falls, Oregon.
"It’s high desert, a 30 mile long lake, and very close to the snow geese"

When asked about his work, he says: 

    "The thing I like about photography the most is that often, when I pick up a camera and look through the lens, the universe gives me a gift. For a few moments, my mind clears and I can see directly—without thoughts and preconceptions hiding the way.

    It’s like a veil opens and things get brighter and sharper. Colors are enhanced and everyday objects glow in a new light. Whether working in nature, or with some of the worlds most talented designers, builders, and architects, photography has remained a great way to explore the world." 

Read more about Dennis here, published in the Marin Independent Journal.
Contact Dennis by phone at 415-457-1998 or email dennis(at) or via

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