A Film About/With Anders Petersen
When Swedish photographer JH Engström films his compatriot Anders Petersen (who was also his teacher and whose assistant and friend he became), he's doing much more than making a portrait or a documentary about a photographer. Both are steeped in the same humanity, which informs their photographic approach. It's a desire to render as crudely as possible the "essence" of the human being, with all its chaos and complexity. They photograph a world on the margins which they themselves inhabit; they fit into their images; they expose themselves, literally and figuratively. In so doing, they abolish the distance between themselves, their subjects, and those who view their work. This film, then, is also a work of sincere research, in which both expose themselves, engage in dialogue, drink together, and treat despair with glee. A "Nordic" aesthetic emerges, a blend of rigour and abandon, distance and absolute vulnerability. Between cold and heat, the lens fogs up, and the reflection on friendship, on the human being, becomes a manifesto for photography that goes "right to the bone", the whole shot through with a poetry that disarms.
What you will find in this film
A friendship - A photographer's eye on another photographer - Ander Petersen's quest - A manifesto - A Nordic aesthetic - A raw but poetic work
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