Cafe Lehmitz – Anders Petersen

‘In 1967, Anders Petersen started to photograph the late-night regulars (prostitutes, transvestites, drunks, lovers, drug addicts) in a bar in Hamburg, Germany, named Café Lehmitz, and continued that project for three years. His photobook of the same name, published in 1978, has since become regarded as a seminal book in the history of European photography.

‘The people at the Café Lehmitz had a presence and a sincerity that I myself lacked. It was okay to be desperate, to be tender, to sit all alone or share the company of others. There was a great warmth and tolerance in this destitute setting.’ – Anders Petersen’. Taken from How to be a retronaut.

All images © Anders Petersen