Ryan Anson is a freelance photojournalist based in San Francisco. Many of his photographs have captured social, political and religious life in the Philippines over the last decade. Anson has also worked in 20 other countries in Africa, Asia, and Central America. A recipient of several prestigious journalism grants and fellowships, including from the International Reporting Project (2005) and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (2007 and 2008), Anson has published stories in a variety of magazines and newspapers such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, Newsweek, TIME-Asia, The Saturday Times Magazine (Times of London,) Smithsonian Magazine, Newsbreak, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He is a frequent contributing photographer for the wire services Bloomberg News and Agence France Press and has collaborated with Redux Pictures on a number of stories.
Combining his social justice convictions with documentary photography, Anson has helped to produce several visual advocacy projects for international and Philippines-based non-governmental organizations such as Community and Family Services International, Compassion Canada, International Alliance for Peacebuilding (Interpeace), Shangilia Mtoto wa Afrika, and the United Nations Development Program. In 2000, the Southern Philippines Foundation for the Arts, Culture and Ecology gave Anson a grant to photograph reconstruction and peacebuilding efforts in war-torn Mindanao. This body of work was exhibited in 2002 at the world's premier photojournalism festival in Perpignan, France, and later published in the book "Mindanao on the Mend." In 2004, he published an investigative book with Tambayan Center entitled "In the Shadows of Davao," a series of stories about girl gangs in the southern Philippine city of Davao.
Anson is currently developing a multimedia project that features his many years of work photographing Southeast Asia's diverse Muslim minority communities.