NEW EXHIBITION AT USVA NOORDERLICHT PHOTOGALLERY
ANDERS PETERSEN – CAFE LEHMITZ
Old and still new, new yet unchanged – that’s the story of Cafe Lehmitz.
Presenting 40 prints from the photographer’s archive, the show takes place
to celebrate the recent re-issue of Anders Petersen’s impressive and
infamous documentary classic, first published in 1978 and long out of print.
Cafe Lehmitz is the last exhibition in the current Noorderlicht gallery. If
everything continues as planned, the gallery and the Noorderlicht offices
will move to their new building at the Akerkhof in March.
Cafe Lehmitz was located near the Reeperbahn in Hamburg, Germany. Open for
most of 24 hours, it was frequented by sailors and stokers from all corners
of the world. By merchants, dockers and cabdrivers. By prostitutes,
striptease dancers and pimps. By poets, small time criminals and other
night-revellers. One thing they had in common: they were given the cold
shoulder by ‘respectable society’.
Swedish photographer Anders Petersen came across the place at the end of the
Sixties and for nearly three years would spend most of his days and nights
near the tables, benches and dance floor where life was lived to the full.
His debut book Cafe Lehmitz – as dark, wild and rugged as the place itself -
was published in 1978. It instantly made his name as a passionated
chronicler of unruly daily life. The cover image of the book would in 1985
be used by Tom Waits for his LP Rain Dogs.
Since then Anders Petersen (1944) has published numerous books. He is one of
Scandinavia’s most influential documentary photographers and has received
international acclaim. In 2003 he was awarded the prestigious Prix du
Photographe at the Arles Photofestival.
Together with Antoine d’Agata, Ken Schles, John Davies and Adrienne van
Eekelen, Petersen was one of the participants in Promised Land, the sequel
of commissions organized by Noorderlicht between 2001 and 2004.
His photographs for this project are featured in the exhibition Promised
Land which will be the opening exibition of the new Noorderlicht gallery in
the Spring of 2005.
Dates: 19 November 2004 till 28 January 2005
Closed between 20 December and 7 January
Open: Mon-Fri 10.00-21.00
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