16 June 2008

invited guest: Anders Petersen

In the early 1990's I discovered Anders Petersen's photo book titled Café Lehmitz (first printed in 1978), a documentary of the "regulars" in a bar near the Reeperbahn, Hamburg, Germany. The intimate black and white photographs in the book couldn't leave my mind. It is still one of those books that I can look at for hours. And I am not alone. Without a doubt Café Lehmitz is an important part of the history of photography (look here for some pictures from the book).

Since the 1970's Petersen has published several fascinating photobooks. Besides Café Lehmitz, I can strongly recommend, Anders Petersen – Photographs 1966–1996 and Du mich auch.

It is a real pleasure to present Anders Petersen as an invited guest to the F blog. The pictures below are from his upcoming photo book, Frenchkiss. Stay tuned to the F blog for more information about the book! According to me, this is photography at its best.

- Fredrik Skott







All photographs © Anders Petersen

16 comments:

ulf fågelhammar said...

I can only agree with you Fredrik. These photos strike like lightning right through your skin. I regard seeing Strömholms "On Verra Bien" on Färgfabriken 2002, that year he passed away as one of my greatest experiences seeing photos. These picturse by you Mr Petersen match that feeling. Pure photography. Excellent.

Umma said...

Oh my God! One of the world's greatest photographers right here on the F blog. A day to remember!

Johan said...

Håller med dig, Fredrik. Anders Petersens bilder är verkligen fotografi när den är som bäst. Kul att ni publicerar några av dem här!

När jag började intressera mig för foto i slutet av 80-talet så beställde jag Café Lehmitz från ETC-förlag. Eftersom jag gillade det han gjorde så har jag följt honom någorlunda fram tills nu. Och jag tycker nog att de bilder man sett från honom de senaste åren är de starkaste och intressantaste, så även dessa! Ser verkligen fram emot hans nya bok!

Markus said...

Seeing Anders Petersens photos for the first time is indeed a decisive moment. This is as strong and powerful as it gets!!

Anonymous said...

Seeing Anders Petersens pictures is as close as you can get, there is no distance just presence. The moment you look at one picture your lost and have to keep looking. There is no way from here, this is the best!
/Thomas H

janber said...

Anders was one of my teachers at Fotoskolan. He was very young then but nevertheless an excellent photographer. Today he is one of the greatest. Thanks for showing these images on the F-blog!

GC said...

absolutely riveting photos - as Markus said - as powerful as it gets.

Anonymous said...

I love these photographs! Where can I find more of Petersens work?

Rhonda said...

They are fascinating...in an eerie sort of way...can't look away! Wonderful!!!

G said...

Indeed, this is fascinating! I totally agree to Thomas H. This pictures is as close as you can get, there is no distance just presence. Powerful!

Joannes Ceyrat said...

My favorite photograph ...

I'm very happy to discover some photo I didn't already know.

The print(er) is also a great one !
What some prints !

Merci !

Mikael said...

Also one of my favourite photographers and these photos are so strong, very good work and very happy to see you here!

Anonymous said...

Strong....!!!Inspirational !!!

Tatiana

chris said...

So very strong and haunting. So direct and intuitive in the best of ways.

Great too see this here!

dyathink said...

as difficult and powerful as life itself..inspires me to work harder, see better, go deeper than ever before. Thank you Fredrik!

beatriz said...

Anders Petersen work is the most amazing that i've ever seen. close, tough, humane, profound, and courageous. thank you Fredrik!!!