Published by Walther König, Köln. Text by Marco Delogu.
Anders Petersen (born 1944) has been photographing the city of Rome since the mid-1980s. He has returned numerous times, and in 2005 he was invited for the Rome Commission, a prestigious commission that has previously been awarded to leading photographers such as Josef Koudelka, Graciela Iturbide, Alec Soth and many others. He returned in 2012, and decided to photograph his lover, Julia, who was briefly visiting him there. Rome begins with Petersen’s portraits of Julia, which develop into a broader investigation of the city’s lesser-known monuments and byways, its cars, bars and citizens, as Petersen revisits the locations he had documented seven years previously, acutely conscious of his own mortality. These photographs, mostly taken over the course of one week with a small, unobtrusive camera, constitute a fascinating culmination in Petersen’s love affair with Rome.
Published by Max Ström. Edited by Greger Ulf Nilsson.
From Back Home documents a rural Sweden far removed from the big city. Photographers Anders Petersen (born 1944) and JH Engström (born 1969) both hail from the rural county of Värmland in Sweden, and have returned there to produce this marvelous collaboration. The result is an intimate journey among people, experiences and landscapes spanning over 300 pages. Engström writes of the project: "The land between Klarälven River and the chestnut tree at Ekallén is full of little hard memories of sad and lonely times, but there is also a streak of warm confidence that runs all the way up to Älgsjövallen, a place of fairytale creatures and inquisitive moose. I am carrying my camera, shooting these old dreams through the foliage. It means my memories can never be destroyed because they no longer end in themselves." And Petersen writes: "I’ve returned to something my body and emotions recognize."