INSTINCTS | Anders Petersen
February 05 to February 08, 2017

"Photography isn't just about clicking the shutter button. It's more about yourself and your own inner reality, your longings and desires. It's about discovering and shaping your own personal approach to photography. During this workshop I will have only one simple wish that you are curious and vulnerable, not only looking for the "good" picture, but the believable one, showing your temperament and dreams." - Anders Petersen.

How to get close to people, to eliminate barriers?

During this workshop you will be guided and taught by one of the most influential and inspiring black and white photographers of our times. Anders Petersen will introduce himself and his work. He will sit with you and evaluate your portfolio, challenging your approach, helping you to find out about the errors and weaknesses and help to build a more constructive working plan. He will focus on how to approach your subjects, entering their private lives in a respectful manner.



Petersen is noted for his intimate and personal documentary-style black-and-white photographs. He studied photography under Christer Strömholm in Sweden, 1966-1967. For three years beginning in 1967 he photographed the late-night regulars (prostitutes, transvestites, drunks, lovers and drug addicts) in Café Lehmitz, a bar in Hamburg, Germany. The resulting photobook was first published in 1978 by Schirmer/Mosel in Germany. Café Lehmitz has since become regarded as a seminal book in the history of European photography. One of the photographs from this series was used as the cover art for Tom Waits' album Rain Dogs.
Petersen's first book Gröna Lund (Green Grove), which was published in 1973, is set in the amusement park of Gröna Lund situated on an island. In 1970 Petersen co-founded SAFTRA, the Stockholm group of photographers, with Kenneth Gustavsson. At the same time, he taught at Christer Strömholm's school. He has been director of the Göteborg School of Photography and Film. He began to photograph for magazines, and continued his personal photo diary work, which continues to this day. He has photographed for extensive periods of time in prisons, mental asylums, and elderly care homes. Petersen has published more than 20 books, mostly in Sweden, and has had solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe and Asia.


Bangladeshi: BDT 16,000
International: 410 USD
Duration: 3 days*
Date: February 05 to February 08, 2017
Participant Numbers: Total 12
Application Deadline: 30 December 2016


* The workshop will be only for three days. 



• To apply, please fill out this Workshop Application Form
• Send us a selection of your work – your portfolio for this application process should be between 12-15 low-resolution images. Please note that each photograph should be 1200 pixels on the longer side.
• Please ZIP all your files [portfolio only] and send via WeTransfer to Please note, you should rename your folder with your Full Name and Title of the Workshop. For example: Ashraful Huda_Instincts.