This Is Not A Love Song, part I. Anders Petersen.

This is not a love editorial. Somehow, this wants to be a sort of an introduction into another world, where, love exists, don’t worry, but, in other forms, more rudimental, more vivid, more natural, without that tricks you are seeing, daily, on TV or which airs on the Radio Station, tender and sweet and namby-pamby shity songs. To be short, we are searching for the unconventional face of love. We will introduce you some sort of artists who see this feeling – love – with those eyes that we wanted to see too. You will see what is all about and we hope you will enjoy our unconventional love. 

Anders Petersen is our first pick. He was born in 1944 in Stockholm, Sweden. He is best known for his project, “Café Lehmitz” in which he photographed prostitutes, transvestites, lovers, drunkards, and drug addicts from 1967-1970. The photographs are very intimate and personal, and incredibly humanistic and soulful.

At he age of 18, he went out to discover the world and his first stop was Hamburg, Germany. There, he encountered a wild nightlife counter-culture which was incredibly and thrillingly different from his rather staid upbringing in Sweden. He soon befriended prostitutes, transvestites, alcoholics and drug users, and adopted a love of nightlife and people living beyond the margins of polite society. Well, he came back in Stockholm and things went the other way, a straight way, so to speak. Ok, I am boring you! Let’s see what love is… 

My photography is not ‘brain photography’. I put my brain under the pillow when I shoot. I shoot with my heart and with my stomach.” 

“The reason why I go on with black and white photography is I’m used to it. In black and white there are more colors than color photography, because you are not blocked by any colors- so you can use your experiences, your knowledge, and your fantasy, to put colors into black and white. And this is what you do, put in your own colors.” 

“I can’t describe reality; at the most, I can try to capture things that seem to be valid, the way I see them.”  

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