My photography explores issues of representation, civil disobedience and dissent. Currently based in Washington DC, I have over a decade of experience working in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. 

I received a doctorate from the University of Hong Kong. My photographs have been published in CNNThe GuardianPDN Magazine, the Financial Times. My research is published in peer reviewed journals and academic book chapters. I am the Co-founder and Director of Critica Research and Analysis LLC.  

Contact information

  • 2022. Kolga Award Shortlist. 
  • 2021. Visual Storytelling Award. Editor's Pick. The Independent Photographer.
  • 2018. PhD, University of Hong Kong.
  • 2017. Documentary Finalist. The Independent Photographer.  
  • 2016. Glasgow/HKU Early Career Award Recipient.   
  • 2015. Louis Cha Postgraduate Research Fellowship.  
  • 2014. World in Focus Finalist. PDN Magazine.

Selected Tearsheets

Essays and commissioned photography

2021. People Across the US join pro-Palestinian Protests. CNN

2019. Proteste in Hongkong – Interview mit Fotograf Aaron Anfinson. Xplicit Asia

2019. Hong Kong's Table Talks By Tammy Ho Lai Ming. World Literature Today

2019. 35 Degrees. Cha:An Asian Literary Journal.

2018. Voice and Verse Magazine. March  

2017. Exhibiting Hong Kong: Rejections. Cha: An Asian Literary Journal.    

2017. Cover Image. Hong Kong Studies Journal. Hong Kong: Chinese University Press.   

2017. Mongolia. Cha: An Asian Literary Journal.  

2017. Goldfish [Digital Image] in ‘Maybe’ by Tammy Ho Lai Ming. berfrois

2017. ‘Blackout showcases talented black performers’ The City Pages

2017. In ’Can We Say Hong Kong?’ by Tammy Ho Lai Ming. the Offing

2017. In ‘Some of the Things I heard about Hong Kong in 2016’ by Tammy Ho Lai Ming. berfrois

2017. 'I feel emancipated': FT's Jamil Anderlini on his move from Beijing to Hong Kong. Financial Times

2016. ‘Hong Kong’s Voice’. Cha: An Asian Literary Journal.  

2015. ‘The Insiders Cultural Guide to Hong Kong’. The Guardian

2014. PDN Magazine. ‘World in Focus Winners’. 

Peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters

Al-Dayel, N., Anfinson, A. & Anfinson, G. (2021). Captivity, Migration, and Power in Libya. Journal of Human Trafficking. 

Anfinson, A. and Al-Dayel, N. (2020). 'Landmines and Improvised Explosive Devices: The Lingering Terror of the Islamic State', Studies in Conflict & Terrorism

Anfinson, A. (2020). 'Hong Kong's Paper Cities: Heterotopia and the Semiotic Landscape of Civil Disobedience.' In Malinowski and Tufi (eds.) (2020) Reterritorializing Linguistic Landscapes. Bloomsbury

Anfinson, A. (2019). "The Treachery of Images: visualising ‘statehood’ as a tactic for the legitimisation of non-state actors. Terrorism and Political Violence.

Al-Dayel, N. and Anfinson, A. (2018). ‘In the Words of the Enemy: the Islamic State’s reflexive projection of Statehood’. Critical Studies on Terrorism. 11 (2): 45-64.