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Anders Petersen Conversation  3 June 2018 – 11amdocumenta-Halle

© Anders Petersen – From Café Lehmitz, 1978

Anders Petersen

Anders Petersen was born in 1944 in Stockholm, Sweden, where he currently lives. In 1966 he met Christer Strömholm and became a student at his School of Photography in Stockholm. Strömholm was not just his teacher, but also a close friend. Their friendship influenced him for life. In 1967 he started photographing a bar called Café Lehmitz in Hamburg. He was photographing there for a period of almost three years and in 1970 he had his first solo exhibition over the bar in Café Lehmitz, with 350 photographs nailed to the wall. In 1973 he published his first book Gröna Lund, about people in an amusement park in Stockholm. In 1974 he graduated from the Swedish Filmschool, Dramatiska Institutet, in Stockholm. In 1978 he published Café Lehmitz in Germany. In 1984 the first book in a trilogy about locked institutions was published: the three books were about people in a prison, a nursing house, and a mental hospital. During 2003 and 2004, Anders Petersen was appointed Professor of Photography in the School of Photography and Film at the University of Göteborg, Sweden. He regularly has workshops and exhibitions throughout Europe, Asia and in the USA. He has received numerous grants and rewards since the seventies, especially for his books From Back Home together with JH Engström (Rencontres d’Arles, Design Bronze Lion Cannes, 2009) and City Diary (Paris Photo – Aperture Foundation photobook award, 2012). Anders Petersen will have a conversation with Rémi Coignet on Sunday 3 June, documenta-Halle Kassel.


  • 2015 Anders Petersen Valparaiso, André Frère Éditions, Marseille, France
  • 2014 Anders Petersen, Marco Delogu Rome, Punctum Press, Rome, Italy
  • 2013 Anders Petersen, Jacob Aue Sobol, Gerry Badger Veins, Dewi Lewis Publishing, , UK
  • 2013 Anders Petersen, Urs Stahel, Hasse Persson Anders Petersen, Max Ström, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2013 Anders Petersen, Studio Blanco To Belong, , Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • 2012 Anders Petersen Soho, Michael Mack / The Photographer`s Gallery, London, UK
  • 2012 Anders Petersen City Diary (volume 1-3), Steidl, Göttingen, Germany
  • 2012 Anders Petersen Rome, a diary, Punctum Press, Rome, Italy
  • 2009 Anders Petersen Dear Diary, Gun Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2009 Anders Petersen, JH Engström FromBackHome, Max Ström, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2009 Anders Petersen, Arnaud Cottebrune Gröna Lund, Aman Iman Éditions, Paris, France
  • 2008 Anders Petersen, Christian Caujolle Sète # 08, Images En Manoeuvres Editions / Cetavoir, Marseille, France
  • 2008 Anders Petersen frenchkiss, Images En Manoeuvres Editions, Marseille, France
  • 2007 Anders Petersen Café Lehmitz, Rat Hole Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2005 Anders Petersen Rome, a diary, Zoneattive edizione, , Italy
  • 2004 Anders Petersen Café Lehmitz,reprint Schirmer/Mosel Verlag, Munich, Germany
  • 2003 Anders Petersen Ich Dich lieben. Du mich auch? Fotomuseum Winterthur / Nederlands Fotomuseum /, Switzerland / The Netherlands / Germany
  • 2002 Anders Petersen Du mich auch, Journal, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2002 Anders Petersen, Birna Marianne Kleivan Nära avstånd, Journal, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2002 Anders Petersen, Birna Marianne Kleivan Close Distance, Le point du jour éditeur, Paris, France
  • 2000 Anders Petersen European Eyes on Japan 2, EU-Japan-Fest, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1997 Anders Petersen, Göran Odbratt Anders Petersen – Fotografier/Photographs 1966-1996, Journal, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1996 Anders Petersen Indicier – Strömholm, Petersen, Gustavsson, Journal, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1995 Anders Petersen, Göran Odbratt Ingen har sett allt, Legus, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1991 Anders Petersen, Göran Odbratt Rågång till kärleken, Norstedts, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1991 Anders Petersen, Ralph Nykvist Karnevalen i Venedig, Kalejdoskop/ETC, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1987 Anders Petersen, Folke Isaksson Seyschellerna, SVS, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1984 Anders Petersen, Leif G W Persson Fängelse, orstedts/ETC, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1982 Anders Petersen Café Lehmitz, ETC, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1987 Anders Petersen, Roger Anderson Le Bistro d’Hambourg, Contrejour, Paris, France
  • 1978 Anders Petersen, Roger Anderson Café Lehmitz,first edition Schirmer/Mosel Verlag, Munich, Germany
  • 1976 Anders Petersen, Mona Larsson, Stefan F Lindberg En dag på cirkus, Cavefors, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1973 Anders Petersen, Jan Stolpe Gröna Lund, Fyra Förläggare, Helsingborg, Sweden
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