Cafè Lehmitz – Anders Petersen (signed)


Schirmer-Mosel, 2004
Hardback, 21×24 cm
90 pages, 88 b/w photographs
German, English

Signed copies

In stock (can be backordered)

Tom Waits drew from the series the unforgettable cover image of Rain Dogs (1978). And Petersens’s photographs have just that atmosphere – I’ll tell you all my secrets / but I lie about my past.

The shots date back to the late 1960s. A young Petersen had just finished photography school in Stockholm (with Strömholm) and moved to Hamburg, where he had already been a few years earlier to study German.
Here he frequents the red-light district, a bar in particular: Cafè Lehmitz; the patrons are mostly alcoholics and prostitutes, people on the margins of society.
“The people, in Cafè Lehmitz, had a presence and sincerity that I lacked. There you were free to feel desperate, or to crave tenderness, to keep yourself or to seek the company of others. It was a totally bare-bones place, but full of warmth and tolerance”.

Cafè Lehmitz is a family scrapbook of sorts. A work that will remain defining throughout Petersen’s long career and has been published in various formats.

Weight 2 kg
Dimensions 24 × 21 cm