Text by: Hasse Persson and Urs Stahel
Publisher/Date: Max Strom (2013)
Format/Condition: New large heavy hardcover book with cloth spine in Fine condition. 384 pages. Dimensions: 10 x 14 x 2 inches. Profusely illustrated in black-and-white.
Description: This magnificent volume, by far the largest monograph on Anders Petersen to date, reproduces more than 250 of Petersen’s most celebrated photographs.
"Exhibitions are more fleeting, they disappear. But books remain and retain another dignity, another presence…you don’t see pictures the same way when you sink into a book as when you’re strolling around an exhibition." - Anders Petersen
Anders Petersen is one of Europe’s most beloved documentary photographers. His black-and-white portraits, often of persons at the fringes of society-- prostitutes, transvestites, drunks and drug addicts--evince a rare compassion and warmth, and his images of lovers (one famous example of which adorns the cover of Tom Waits’ Rain Dogs) have come to constitute recurrent motifs throughout his oeuvre, expressing his "exaltation of humanity" (as a recent exhibition was titled). The 30 or so books Andersen has published over the course of his career have become an important part of the photo-book canon--most famously the 1978 book Café Lehmitz, which depicted Hamburg’s seedy Reeperbahn in the late 1960s and 70s. In addition, Hasse Persson, former head of the Hasselblad Center and former director of the Borås Art Museum in Sweden, contributes a concise biography of Petersen’s life and methodology. An essay by Urs Stahel--curator, art critic and director of the Fotomuseum Winthertur in Zürich--further illuminates Petersen’s photography from an international perspective.
Anders Petersen was born 1944 in Stockholm, Sweden. In 1967 he began photographing the Café Lehmitz in Hamburg, where, in 1970, he held his first solo exhibition behind the bar, with 350 photographs nailed to the wall. In 1973 Petersen published his first photo book, Gröna Lund, which depicted an amusement park in Stockholm. Swedish photographer Anders Petersen was elected Photographer of the Year at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2003. In 2007, he was one of the four world finalists in the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Prize.