“The people of Lehmitz had a presence and an honesty that I myself lacked. They were allowed to be desperate, tenderhearted, sit alone or be part of the community. The vulnerability held warmth and tolerance. ”
Café Lehmitz by Anders Petersen from the years 1967-70 is considered pioneering for Subjective photography. Café Lehmitz was a night bar in Hamburg, where he met dockers, residents of the neighborhood and people from the fringes of society. The series is like a family album filled with meetings with people Petersen lived among for a number of years. Between them they created a trust and closeness that become apparent in the images.
The exhibition Café Lehmitz by Anders Petersen shows a selection of photographs that are uniquely developed in consultation with the artist and among the photographs in the exhibition shows photos from the series that has never been shown before. The exhibition is curated by Angie Åström in cooperation with the Director Andrey Martynov of Novosibirsk International Biennale of Contemporary Photography, the Swedish Institute and the Swedish Embassy in Russia.
On 5 February 2017, the exhibition opened at the Victoria Gallery in Samsara in Russia and later this spring, it will also be exhibited at the State Art Museum in Novisibirsk and on Yeltsin Gallery in Ekaterinenburg.
Anders Petersen was born in 1944 in Stockholm and trained at Christer Strömholm’s photography school and the Dramatic Institute. He is considered Sweden’s foremost living photographers, and had his international breakthrough with the photo book Café Lehmitz 1978. Among the awards and honors he has received includes The Arles Photographer of the Year Award 2003, the jury’s special prize for the exhibition Exaltation of Humanity during the third international photo festival in Lianzhou in 2007. He also received The Paris Photo and the Aperture Foundation Photography Book of the Year Award 2012 for City Diary. Anders Petersen’s work is represented in international collections including the MoMA New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Museum Folkwang Essen, The National Museum – The Royal Library Copenhagen and Stockholm Museum of Modern Art. Petersen is represented by Gallery Jean-Kenta Gauthier in Paris.