Born in Stockholm in 1944, Anders Petersen went out to discover the world at age 18. He started with Hamburg, Germany where he encountered a nightlife counter-culture which was incredibly different from his rather staid upbringing in Sweden. He soon befriended prostitutes, transvestites, alcoholics and drug users, and adopted a love of the people living beyond the margins of polite society.
After seeing a photograph by Christer Strömholm, Petersen returned to Sweden to meet and study photography with Strömholm from 1966 to 1968. Then he returned to Hamburg, where over the course of several years he produced his first book, Café Lehmitz. Since then, he has gone on to publish more than 20 books, almost all of which feel like personal diaries of his experiences with people and places that are only encountered in the outskirts of towns or under cover of darkness.
Anders Petersen currently lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.
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