At age 8, Anthony Friedkin started taking photographs, and by the age of 11, he was developing photos in a darkroom.
In 1968-1999, Anthony Friedkin attended Santa Monica City College as a liberal arts major. During 1969-1970, he moved on to the Art Center College of Design with a concentration in photography. During 1971-1972, Anthony Friedkin attended the University of California, Los Angeles as a photography major. In 1971, he attended the Royal College of Art as a visiting student. In 1972, Anthony Friedkin attended an Aperion Workshop in Millerton, New York.
In 1975, Anthony Friedkin started working as a still photographer for the film industry. For a time, he worked as a photojournalist working as a stringer for Magnum Photos in Los Angeles. During his career he taught photography at both UCLA and California Institute of the Arts.