Born in Washington, D.C., John "Jack" Anderson began working as a photographer in the alternative press in 1988 with the Washington City Paper. In 1989, he studied with Magnum documentary photographer Eugene Richards and later graduated from the University of Texas with a BA in photojournalism in 1995. He has worked as a staff photographer at The Austin Chronicle since 2000.
Throughout his career, he has extensively documented protests, rallies and other political events. In 2013 he published a photo book titled “In Search of a Revolution” on the local Occupy Wall Street movement. The book featured photographs that were instrumental in exposing undercover police officers who entrapped seven protesters. He also has written articles on law enforcement surveillance issues such as social media monitoring software, fusion centers, BlueLeaks, Stingrays and more.
His photographs have appeared in Rolling Stone, Ms. Magazine, The Intercept, Mother Jones, FRONTLINE, USA Today, and Texas Monthly among many others. His photographs have been exhibited at the Austin Museum of Art, Bullock Texas State History Museum, and Austin History Center. Also an accomplished musician since his teens, his bands No Trend and HUG have had retrospective album releases on independent labels Drag City Records and Joyful Noise Recordings. John is based in Austin, TX.