Palermo, Sicily –  Italy • May 13-19, 2018

In Spring 2017 we ran a workshop in Siracusa, with Anders Petersen. It was a very successful event, and in 2018 we plan to do it again, this time in Palermo.

Palermo is the ‘capital’ of Sicily, a unique and fascinating mix of Byzantine, Arabic and Norman influences. It’s a lively metropolis – the centre is one of Europe’s foremost historical sites. There are palaces and gardens, markets and churches, and a vibrant nightlife. It’s the ideal place for putting into practice all you learn during the morning sessions with Anders Petersen.

Anders classes are an event in themselves. We will talk about photography, film, life, love… it’s Anders’ style. We will take new photographs, or find inspiration for new projects. We will go wherever our imaginations – and Anders’ ceaseless creativity – take us.

Expect your perspectives to shift. The week will be about photography, of course, but it will be mainly about yourself. It will be about how you want to use your camera to re-interpret the world, within and without you.

The week will be divided between theory classes, shooting time, discussion, sharing moment. We will experience – together with Anders Petersen – something that would not before have seemed possible.

We will choose a hotel in the centre of the city for those students who would like to stay together, or you can choose to find your own accommodation in one of the many hotels, B&Bs and AirBnBs in town.

Usually we run classes in the morning, looking at your portfolio first and then having critique on the work produced on location.

Most evenings we get together again for dinner, exploring some of the many cafes, bar and little restaurants that Palermo is famous for. There’s also a wonderful choice of street food and place to eat near the beaches around Palermo.

He has a great expression: Photography isn’t really about photography. After a week with Anders, I totally agree. Be prepared for a life-changing experience. Bjarte, Norvay


This workshop with Anders Petersen in Rome was extremely inspiring to me. You can learn so much from his philosophy on photography:
to follow your instincts and look with your heart
to get hungry and lost
to be bold and to push your limits by entering new doors
to create photos that don’t give clear answers and to enjoy the process of being with people and shoot them also in personal moment

Oliver, Switzerland

The word photography means so many different things depending on time, the social situation, the public and specially who is behind the camera. I believe the only approach to your reality is to illuminate it through yourself so whatever you take pictures of it have to be as close as self-portraits. That kind of platform is never riskless, but absolutely stimulating. And I want you to have fun, having a good time not just looking for the Good picture but the believable picture showing yourself. To capture things and entering new rooms in your personality that seem to be valid the way you see them. During this workshop I have only the simple wish that you get close to yourself, naked and vulnerable, when meeting people, being surprised by the unpredictable.

We will work everyday with assignments showing daily work but in the beginning I’m looking forward to see your personal portfolios. And of course I’m showing pictures myself. One week of personal photography. Workshop in simple English. Prepare yourself; please be koko and thoroughly rested.”

Anders Petersen

A workshop with Petersen is a journey into photography, into life, into deep emotions. You go back home with a new visual dictionary in you pocket, far away from any dejavu and able to challenge yourself to be always “hungry”. For the first time “horrible” was the best word ever heard. Hope to do it again, soon. Angela , Italy


Anders Petersen has been involved in Swedish photography since the late 60′s. He is one of its central figures, and no one else has made a stronger impact on a younger generation. Yet, he hardly gives the impression of being a father figure. If anything, he is the eternal boy, traveling through an alien wonderland with its secret love encounters and bewildering adult conflicts. His pictures of the world out there somehow seem to be taken in a state of permanent amazement. “Is this what it looks like”, he seems to utter as he points his camera at lovers in the night and at people in the street — or at inmates in Swedish prisons and patrons in a Hamburg bar.

His pictures are intimate, and yet they disclose no all too unpleasant details concerning the people involved. The photographs are taken by the subjects’ consent and with a probing, somewhat detached eye. In the world of Anders Petersen, all things remain incomprehensible and strange — while still indecently enticing.

One of the secrets in Anders Petersen’s photography is his indication of a possible route of escape, a kind of alternative movement through the city, which could lead to a different story. A woman’s gaze into the camera turns into an unsettling invitation, often of the forbidden kind.” (Peder Alton, Swedish art critic)


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 1961 he stayed for some time in Hamburg in order to learn German and trying to write and paint. He didn’t take any pictures.Five years later he met 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. In 1967 he starts photographing a bar called Café Lehmitz in Hamburg, close to Zeughausmarkt. He was photographing there for a period of almost three years and in 1970 he had his first soloexhibition over the bar in Café Lehmitz with 350 photographs nailed to the wall.

In 1973 he published his first book “Gröna Lund”, about people in an amusementpark in Stockholm. In 1974 he graduated from the Swedish Filmschool,Dramatiska Institutet, in Stockholm. In 1978 he published “Café Lehmitz ” in Germany. In 1984 the first book in a trilogy about locked instituations was published. The three books were about people in a prison, a nursing house, and a mental hospital. After photographing the mental hospital for three years he oriented himself towards a more free approach in a kind of diarylike photography.

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 rewards since the seventies.

In 2003 Anders Petersen was elected the “Photographer of the Year” by the International Photofestival in Arles. In 2006 he was shortlisted as one of four for the “Deutsche Börse Photography Prize”. In 2007 he received the “Special Prize of the Jury” for his exhibition “Exaltation of Humanity” by the third International Photofestival in Lianzhou, China. In 2008 he received the “Dr. Erich Salomon Award” by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie, Germany.

“The Arles Contemporary Book Award for 2009” went to JH Engström and
Anders Petersen’s collaborative book “From Back Home” by Max Ström.
The book was nominated to “The Best Photographic Book in Sweden,
year 2009” and also Winner of Design Bronze Lion in Cannes. In 2010, he was in the jury for the BMW Prize at Paris Photo.

Anders Petersen has his darkroom in Stockholm, Sweden

Lodging in Palermo at this time of the year is easy to find and not very expensive.

We can help you in finding accommodation. The city  is full of hotels at different costs, B&B and private houses. We are in touch with a friend with some apartments to rent, so let us know if you need help. The area we are planning to stay is in the ver centre of town, so there will be some restriction if you come by car – but you will not really need it!
Meals, except for the first inaugural dinner, will be independent and paid separately. Eating out in Palermo is a great culinary experience and very good priced compared to Italian standards.


Closest airport to fly to is Palermo Falcone Borsellino, then bus to Palermo center. (one hour aprox) € 6.30

Palermo Apt is connected with all major European cities.

Bring your laptop, with everything that goes with it: cables, chargers, card readers, and your photo equipment. Bring an extra body, in case something happens to your camera, and we suggest bringing the minimum amount of lenses.
Consider an external hard disk to make a back up of your daily shooting.


WORKSHOP DATES May 13-19, 2018
WHERE Palermo, Sicily, Italy