Untitled [From Café Lehmitz Series]
[Hamburg]: np, ca. 1967-70. Vintage black and white silver gelatin print. 9 ¼ x 7 in. Very good. Item #6313
Anders Petersen (b. 1944) is an acclaimed Swedish documentary photographer who is best known for capturing images of people at the margins of society. He first garnered attention for his series of black and white photographs taken at Café Lehmitz, a seedy bar in Hamburg’s red-light district. In 1978, a decade’s worth of his photographs were first published for a wider audience in the photobook Café Lehmitz, an intimate and candid perspective on the social milieu of the late-night clientele.
“The people at the Café Lehmitz had a presence and a sincerity that I myself lacked. It was okay to be desperate, to be tender, to sit all alone or share the company of others. There was a great warmth and tolerance in this destitute setting.” – Anders Petersen
These photographs are part of the aforementioned series and feature two denizens of the café posing for the camera.