Anders Petersen – Stockholm

Photographer Anders Petersen has spent four years documenting the people and urban spaces of Stockholm. The exhibition is a unique document of our time, its hustle and bustle and tranquil spaces, its joy, sorrow and love. 

Following in a tradition of Stockholm photographers, this, however, is the first time Anders Petersen chronicles his own city. He has previously documented Café Lehmitz in Hamburg, Gröna Lund in Stockholm, Rome, mental hospitals, circuses and prisons.

Liljevalchs’ galleries will be filled from floor to ceiling with hundreds of photographs depicting life in Stockholm in 2015–2018. These are images of a rapidly expanding city, of everyday life and celebration, of young and old, snow falling on Katarinavägen, a parade of dachshunds in Gärdet, an operating theatre in Danderyd, New Year’s Eve celebrations at Skeppsbron’s giant Christmas tree...

“Anders Petersen is at his best when he freezes a low-key moment”, Liljevalchs’ director Mårten Castenfors writes in the exhibition catalogue. “A snowy and desolate winter street, a glimpse of wonder. Images that reveal his incredible sensitivity – his presence and his love of what he sees, be it a person or an object that leads us to an unexpected association.”

Born in 1944 in Stockholm, Anders Petersen received his artistic training at Christer Strömholms Fotoskolan academy in 1966–68 and the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1973–74. Strömholm became a close and important friend.

Since his first photo book, Gröna Lund, was published in 1973, there has been a steady stream of books with texts in English, French, Swedish and German. Petersen has exhibited his work frequently in Sweden and throughout Europe, in Tokyo, New York, Istanbul and Moscow.

Anders Petersen is the recipient of many Swedish and international prizes and grants. In 2003, he was awarded the distinction “The Photographer of the Year” at the major photography festival Rencontres d’Arles in Arles, France.

The exhibition is open Monday-Friday 10–17, and Saturday-Sunday 11–17.