Anders Petersen, the Swedish master of photography, inaugurates the first artist residency by Spot home gallery. The idea stems from the desire to support the creation of an artistic production in Napoli capable of sparkling emotions and reflection developing new perspectives and an imagery of the city that goes beyond commonplaces and clichés.
In this sense, Anders Petersen was only fitting to be the first artist in residence.
Since 1967, from his first work “Cafè Lehmitz”, a cornerstone in the world of international photography, Anders Petersen captures, with his empathic approach, in an authentic and direct language, the spontaneity of life that surrounds him in order to grasp its profound value.
The presence of Anders in Naples is a precious and unique opportunity that testifies the importance he attributes to our city, which he has chosen as a focus of his own artistic research.
Anders Petersen is a renowned Swedish photographer who was born in Stockholm in 1944.
He studied at Christer Strömholm’s School of Photography (1966–68) and at Dramatiska Institutet (1973–74). He had his international breakthrough with the photo-book Café Lehmitz in 1978, which was followed by about 40 published books.
Among prizes and awards can be mentioned: The Arles Photographer of the Year Award, 2003; the Jury’s Special Prize for the exhibition Exaltation of Humanity, during the third international photography festival in Lianzhou, China, 2007; the Dr. Erich Salomon Award of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie, 2008; The Arles Contemporary Book Award together with JH Engström for From Back Home, 2009. Furthermore, Petersen received Paris Photo and the Aperture Foundation Photo Book of the Year Award, 2012, for City Diary, and Lennart af Petersen’s prize, 2019.
Anders Petersen’s work is represented in the collections of Fotografiska Stockholm, The Museum of Modern Art New York, Hasselblad Center Gothenburg, The Bibliothèque nationale de France Paris, Centre Pompidou Paris, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Moderna Museet Stockholm, Maison Européenne de la Photographie Paris, Museum Folkwang Essen, and Fotomuseum Winterthur, among others. He’s had both solo- and group exhibitions regularly around the world since 1969.