Reeperbahn rendezvous: the glorious dive bar photos of Anders Petersen

By Simon Bowcock

Cafe Lehmitz is one of the most revered photobooks of all time, capturing life in a Hamburg dive at the fag-end of the 1960s. The Swede behind it explains why he is releasing new shots of its characters

“Lehmitz was the first thing I did seriously. It filled me up,” says Anders Petersen. “I really identified with these people and their situation, this group who were outside society. I respected them. I felt very strongly about them.”

Petersen's photographs of Cafe Lehmitz and its customers – regulars in a Hamburg red-light-district dive at the fag end of the 60s – have long been among the most revered of photobooks. First published in 1978, Cafe Lehmitz became part of pop culture when Tom Waits used one as the cover of his 1985 Rain Dogs album.

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