Photographs by Anders Petersen & Jacob Aue Sobol.
Dewi Lewis, 2013. 144 pp., 90 tritone illustrations, 9¾x6½".
Born in Stockholm in 1944, Anders Petersen is undoutedly one of the world’s most important photographers of the last 40 years. In 1978 he published Café Lehmitz, which established his international reputation and is now recognised as one of the classic photobooks of the 20th century. In 2003 he was appointed Professor of Photography at the University of Göteborg. He regularly runs workshops and holds exhibitions throughout Europe, Asia and the USA and has received numerous grants and awards since the 1970s. These include the ‘Photographer of the Year’ award in France and the ‘Erich Salomon Award’ in Germany. He has also been shortlisted for the ‘Deutsche Börse’ award run by The Photographers Gallery, London.
'These pictures are from every time and from every place. When I look at my contact sheets I often lose myself in memories that I share with the people I photographed. Throughout the years these pictures have become my private diary, with a taste and a language of its own. A small world inhabited by my very own, very real people. For me it is interesting to find that condensed and tender moment. It's an entry into what I'm doing today; discovering desires and memories from the past and mixing them with what I encounter in the present. It's all about identifying and presence.' - Anders Petersen