Anders Petersen, one of the most important European photographers living today, has been shaking up the world of photography ever since his debut of raw and intimate photographs of late-night regulars in a Hamburg bar in the 1960s. That body of work was published as a book, Café Lehmitz, which is now widely considered a seminal work in the development of European photography.
Born in Stockholm in 1944, he went out on his own, at age 18, to discover the world, starting with Hamburg, Germany. There he encountered a wild nightlife counter-culture which was incredibly and thrillingly different from his rather staid upbringing in Sweden. He soon befriended prostitutes, transvestites, alcoholics and drug users, and adopted a love of nightlife and people living beyond the margins of polite society.