Anders Petersen was born 1944 in Stockholm, Sweden. 
14 years old his family moved to Karlstad in Värmland, 
where he met the artists Karin Bodland and Lars Sjögren. 
In 1966 he met the famous photographer Christer 
Strömholm and became a student at his School of 
Photography in Stockholm. Strömholm was not just his 
teacher but also a close friend. Their friendship influenced 
him for life. 

Petersen is best known for his intimate and documentary-
based photography projects, such as the project Okinawa
from 2000. His photographs are very close and personal and
highly humanistic and soulful. Andersen calls himself rightly 
a ‘private documentary photographer’.

During 2003 and 2004 Anders Petersen was appointed 
Professor of Photography in the School of Photography and 
Film at the University of Göteborg, Sweden. He regularly has 
workshops and exhibitions throughout Europe, Asia and in the 
USA. He has received numerous grants and awards since the 
seventies, such as the election of  “Photographer of the Year” 
by the International Photofestival in Arles in 2003.