Synopsis: Anders Petersen – ‘Cafe Lehmitz’

Cafe Lehmitz

Anders Petersen

Schirmer Mosel, 1978

Anders Petersen - Cafe Lehmitz

From the publisher:

Cafe Lehmitz, a beer joint at the Reeperbahn, was a meeting point for many who worked in Hamburg’s red-light district: prostitutes, pimps, transvestites, workers, and petty criminals.

Anders Petersen was 18 years old when he first visited Hamburg in 1962, chanced upon Cafe Lehmitz, and established friends that made an impact on his life.In 1968 he returned to Lehmitz, found new regulars , renewed contact and began to take pictures. His photographs, which we first published in book form in 1978, have become classics of their genre.

Tom Waits used the cover picture for his album Rain dogs. Their candidness and authenticity continue to move the viewer. The solidarity evident in them
prevents voyeurism or false pity arising vis-à-vis a milieu generally referred to as asocial. The other world of Cafe Lehmitz, which no longer exists in this form, becomes visible as a lively community with its own self-image and dignity.


You can see many of the images on Petersen’s site here

The book is also available at a very reasonable price in it’s latest verion from Schirmer/Mosel:
– Amazon UK
– Amazon US


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