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Born in Borås, Sweden in 1967. Per-Anders Pettersson is a photographer based in Cape Town, South Africa. During his 30-year long career, Pettersson has covered a wide range of international news events, including the first Gulf War, as well as conflicts in the Balkans, Afghanistan and Haiti.
He has worked in over thirty African countries, covering stories on hunger in Ethiopia, civil wars in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Botswana and South Africa. His pictures have won praise and awards from, among others, World Press Photo, PDN, POY, NPPA, CARE, CHIPP, Unicef Photo of the Year, American Photography and Commarts.
He has exhibited several times at Visa pour l’Image Perpignan, as well as at other festivals and galleries, such as Somerset House in London. In September 2013, his first book was published, Rainbow Transit, a look at democracy in South Africa. African Catwalk, a look at the fashion industry in Africa, was published in 2016.
“Photography is more powerful than ever. It’s a unique way to inform and educate the world around you.” Per-Anders Pettersson