Anders Petersen – Soho
Anders Petersen (born 1944 in Sweden) might be known to you by his famous book “Café Lehmitz” in which he portrayed the late-night regulars in the pub of the same name at the end of Hamburg’s “sinful mile” the Reeperbahn.
The “Café Lehmitz” project, which began the by the coincidence that Petersen chose the pub for just having a beer and carrying a camera with him, finally took about two years and ended up in a highly acclaimed book about the family of misfits which met each night at Café Lehmitz in the late 1960s.
Now, a couple of books and projects later, Anders Petersen was invited to undertake a four week residency in London’s bubbling creative underbelly Soho. He documented the streets, pubs, cafes and private homes of the residents.
With his intimate and diaristic style of black and white photography he captured the essence of today’s Soho while drawing the viewer back into the depths of its history.
Astonishingly enough Anders Petersen succeeds in keeping up a similar mood and atmosphere he already captured in his famous “Café Lehmitz” book more than 40 years ago. Amazing!
All images © Anders Petersen, courtesy MACK / www.mackbooks.co.uk