Artist Talk: Anders Petersen

A rare opportunity to hear the renowned Swedish photographer

Known for intimate black and white documentary images, Anders Petersen is a key figure in shaping post-war photography. Over his career, he has worked internationally, taking on long-term commissions in cities such as Okinawa, Paris and Utrecht, observing and documenting local residents in both private and public spaces. This is an opportunity to hear Petersen reflect on the people and the historic streets – including our own neighbourhood, Soho – that dominate his photographs and why they continue to be a source of ongoing inspiration.

This event will be chaired by independent curator Anna Sparham.


Anders Petersen is the recipient of many international prizes and grants, in year 2003 he was awarded “The Photographer of the Year” at Recontres d’Arles, France. Petersen has exhibited throughout Europe, Asia, USA and South America, and has produced photobooks with texts in English French, Swedish, Spanish and German. In Petersen’s artwork you find series of photography such as Café Lehmitz (1967-1970), Gröna Lund (1973), Prison (1984), Nursing House (1991), Mental Hospital (1995), From Back Home (2009), SOHO (2012), City Diary (2012), Rome (2014) Valparaiso (2015), Okinawa (2018) and Stockholm (2019). Petersen is represented in collections around the world including Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg; MoMA, New York; Bibliotèque Nationale de France, Paris; Centre Pompidou, Paris; MACRO, Rome; IBASHO, Antwerp; and Fotomuseum Winterthur.

Anna Sparham is an independent curator and researcher. After graduating with a photography degree from Nottingham Trent University, since 2001 Sparham has worked with photographic collections within the museum sector.  In 2004 she joined the Museum of London and from 2006 held the post of Curator of Photographs. Alongside developing the historic and contemporary photography collections, other exhibitions and publications include London Street Photography (2011), Soldiers and Suffragettes: The Photography of Christina Broom (2015) and London Nights (2018). Earlier this year Sparham left London for her hometown Birmingham where current work includes curating at the photography gallery Argentea.

Cost: £8/£5 members & concessions.

Time and date: 18 October 2019, 18.30–20.00.

Location: The Photographers Gallery, 16 – 18 Ramillies Street,
London W1F 7LW

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