Anders Petersen was born in 1944 in Stockholm. In 1966–1968, he studied photography under Christer Strömholm at his famous Fotoskolan. Petersen gained international recognition in 1978 after the publication of his book Café Lehmitz, which is regarded as a seminal book in the history of European photography.
Works by Anders Petersen are held in the collections of MoMA (New York), MACRO (Rome), the National Library of France and Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), the Hasselblad Center (Gothenburg), Museum Folkwang (Essen), the National Museum of Photography at the Royal Danish Library, the Winterthur Museum of Photography (Switzerland), and the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm. Petersen’s works are also shown at the Jean-Kenta Gauthier’s gallery in Paris.
Awards: Photographer of the Year at Les Rencontres d’Arles (2003), Special Prize of the Jury for his exhibition ”Exaltation of Humanity” Lianzhou Photo festival (2007), Dr. Erich Salomon Award by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie, Germany (2008).