Anders Petersen ( 1944-) , a Swedish photographer born in Solna .
My first time to see his work was AT RATHOLE GALLERY in Tokyo , a couple of years ago . Even though I knew some of his works I was really exited to see the original prints . It was amazing ! .
“CAFE LEHMITZ ” was shoot at hamburg ,Germany , 1967 . And what surprised me the most is that he was only 18 years old . It seems that CAFE LEHMITZ was a place with momentary drunken joy , laughter , and exposed desire . We don’t feel any distance between the photographer and the customers . We feel people showing the darkness , loneliness and their beauty .
” The first exhibition was held at the LEHMITZ in 1970 with 350 pictures , he left Sweden with the words that if people recognized themselves in the pictures , they could keep them .When he returned 10 years later , there was only one faded photo left on the wall . It was photo of no one but Petersen himself”
I always keep in mind one of his sentences :
“TO ME , IT’S ENCOUNTERS THAT MATTERS , PICTURES ARE MUCH LESS IMPORTANT ” BY ANDERS PETERSEN