In 1967, holding his Nikon F camera, a young Anders Petersen entered the four walls of a bar on the Hamburg Reeperbahn, Café Lehmitz, and so began a seminal piece of photographic history. Petersen was a middle class Swede from a conservative family and the regulars of Café Lehmitz were drinkers, prostitutes, drug addicts, pimps, transsexuals, criminals and the homeless of whom Petersen found a ‘sincerity’ he had never experienced before. After various visits the black and white photographs came together as a book in 1978, Café Lehmitz. Petersen is a man who uses photography to get close to his fellow humankind, born from an insatiable curiosity.
This evening is dedicated to Café Lehmitz. A new, revised version of the book will be published in 2017, together with a new edit, unpublished photographs and contact sheets. And so this evening will dedicated to Café Lehmitz in which Petersen will take us on this journey with a presentation of his work and a conversation with Michael Grieve, Creative Director of Berlin Foto Kiez.
Anders Petersen is Sweden’s most famous living photographer. He was born in 1944 is Stockholm. His photography is intimate, personal and documentary in style. His seminal photobook, Café Lehmitz, first published in 1978, is an affectionate and gritty portrayal of the regular drinkers of this late night bar in Hamburg, and is highly influential in the history of European photography. In 1966 Petersen was a student and became good friends with Christer Strömholm at the School of Photography in Stockholm. He has published numerous photobooks including, Gröna Lund, Close Distance, City Diary, Soho and From Back Home. He has taught many workshops and was professor of photography at the School of Photography and Film at the University of Göteborg. His awards include, Photographer of the Year at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2003, the Dr. Erich Salomon Award in 2007.