Anders Petersen City Diary

En kvinna tittar ut genom en regndroppstäckt glasruta.
Spårvagnsfönster i Hamburg.
En man har klivit ur sin bil för att blicka upp mot skyn.
Nyårsafton på Söderleden.
En kvinna och en man kysser varandra i en folksamling på stan.
Ungdomar i Madrid.
Fyra män i dräkter sitter på en bänk.
Fribrottare i Stockholm
En man i rock och hatt står utanför en restaurang med neonskyltar och en Elvisdocka med gitarr.
Daisy’s bredvid Nynäsvägen i Stockholm.

Petersen has been photographing city life from a personal perspective for more than half a century.

June 1—September 12, 2021
Tunnvalvet, floor 0. Free admission

In the City Diary series featuring photographs from around Europe, Petersen shares his personal experiences as well as stories from the lives of people he has encountered in private and public situations over many years of travel and photography. His exhibition at the Stockholm City Museum includes photographs from Stockholm and other cities around the world, taken over a 50 year period.

He is influenced by post-war Scandinavian documentary photography as well as contemporary Japanese photographic art. His images have a poetic, impressionist quality coupled with a strong intensity. Petersen’s highly contrasted, black-and-white visions of modern life counterbalance the clichés appearing in documentary imagery.

Anders Petersen received the Lennart af Petersens Prize in 2019.

The Jury’s statement: “This year’s winner, Anders Petersen, has lived and worked as a photographer since the late 1960s. In his photographs, he seeks to document and highlight a variety of urban subcultures and interhuman encounters. From his first book Gröna Lund (1973) until later projects such as the City Diary series from the early 2000s, Stockholm has been one of the cities that has frequently recurred in his works.”

The Lennart af Petersens Prize is one of the City of Stockholm’s awards. It was established in the name of photographer Lennart af Petersen, and is awarded to a photographer who says something significant about Stockholm as a living environment in a personal and artistic way.

Anders Petersen was born in Stockholm in 1944. He studied at the Christer Strömholm School of Photography from 1966–68 and at the Dramatiska Institutet University College of Film, Radio, Television and Theatre from 1973–74. His first photography book “Gröna Lund” (1973) has been followed by a steady stream of books in English, French, Swedish and German. He has given countless exhibitions in Sweden and around Europe, as well as in Tokyo, New York, Istanbul and Moscow.

Petersen has been the recipient of many Swedish and international prizes and bursaries. In 2003 he was elected “Photographer of the Year” at the prestigious International Photo Festival in Arles, France.