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ANDERS PETERSEN
[b. 1944] Swedish photographer
In black and white there are more colours than colour photography… you can use your experiences, your knowledge and your fantasy, to... put in your own colours. - Anders Petersen

For me, the camera is like an entrance to the private lives of other people. And if you are curious like me, it is a fantastic tool. - Anders Petersen

I don’t believe in reality really, it’s a bluff. But I believe in a kind of reality that exists because of all the longing, dreams, secrets, nightmares, mostly longings. I think no picture is without longing. This allows you to use what you are afraid of, as a trampoline; to channel your energy into your creativity; go inside and open up like a sharp knife, like a doctor operating. - Anders Petersen

In black and white there are more colors than color photography, because you are not blocked by any colors so you can use your experiences, your knowledge, and your fantasy, to put colors into black and white. - Anders Petersen

I don’t care so much about form. Perhaps I did in the beginning, a long time ago. But now I just want to be as straight and simple and as true as possible. - Anders Petersen

There is not a big difference between life and taking pictures... You’re in the middle of life, you’re living, making love, eating, sleeping—and photography is part of it. And I don’t say this because I’m being romantic. I say this because that’s just the way it happens to be. - Anders Petersen

Be wary of: nicely formulated principles and truths. useless feelings of guilt and sins of the past or while we’re at it a photograph resembling pretty adjectives on the other hand, I like private diaries and family albums - Anders Petersen

You have to focus on what you are doing, not just as a photographer, but as a human being. - Anders Petersen

To me, it’s encounters that matter, pictures are much less important. - Anders Petersen

Cutting is a good way to describe [my way of shooting]. I cut … that’s what it feels like, because it’s so fast. Then I peel away layers. - Anders Petersen

I can’t describe reality; at the most, I can try to capture things that seem to be valid, the way I see them. - Anders Petersen

That 15th of a second. Once you’ve been there, you keep on wanting to get back. - Anders Petersen

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