Norman Behrendt is a visual artist and photographer based in Berlin. He holds a Master of Arts with distinction from the University of Westminster, London and a BA in Photography and Communication Design of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Germany. Behrendt was a scholarship holder by the DAAD for his Master studies 'Photographic Arts' at the University of Westminster in London in 2017-18.

For his photobook ‘burning down the house, 2007 – 2012’ Behrendt has been awarded with the first prize at the 6th Fotobook Dummy Award in Kassel and received special acknowledgement at the ‘10th Aenne-Biermann-Prize’ for contemporary German photography in Gera. His work ‘Brave New Turkey’ was nominated for the New Discovery Award at the Rencontres-Arles 2017 and also published in the June 18, 2017 issue of the New York Times Magazine.

Behrendt`s works have been shown in various contexts internationally, e.g. United Kingdom, France, Germany and Belgium amongst others. His work 'Blueprint, 2017-18' was presented as part of the group exhibition 'Probable Lies' at Ambika P3 Gallery, London. Furthermore it was presented at Phillips Headquarters in London and successfully auctioned in 2018.

Behrendt aims to raise critical awareness of the political and social changes of our time. Within this framework, his work exists on the boundaries between documentary and conceptual photography.

His work is held in both national and international public and private collections, including Martin Parr photobook collection, Tate Britain.

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Norman Behrendt
Liebenwalderstr. 12
D-13347 Berlin
+49 172 95 23 231

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2017 — 2018
MA Photographic Arts, University of Westminster, London

2013 — 2014
Lecturer in Photography, f/16 School for Photography, Berlin

2006 — 2012
Communication Design and Photography, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam


Blueprint extended — selected for Voies Off Award 2019, Arles, FR

DAAD scholarship, MA Photographic Arts 2017-18, London, United Kingdom
Brave New Turkey — nominated for the New Discovery Award, Rencontres-Arles, France
Brave New Turkey — selected for Nuit de la Photo, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Suisse

Morning has not dawned yet — selected for Kaunas Photo-Festival 2016, Kaunas, Lithuania

burning down the house — selected for Kaunas Photo-Festival 2015, Kaunas, Lithuania
burning down the house — selected for Belfast Photo-Festival, Belfast, Northern Ireland
burning down the house — shortlisted for Athen Photo Festival, Athens, Greece

burning down the house — shortlisted for PhotoIreland Festival 2014, Dublin, Ireland
burning down the house — FEX, Künstlerhaus Dortmund

burning down the house — first prize, 7th Fotobook Festival, Dummy Award 2013, Kassel
burning down the house — special acknowledgement at the 10th Aenne Biermann Prize 2013, Gera
burning down the house — shortlisted for the Fotobook Dummy Award 2013, Kassel

burning down the house — Applaus, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam

Pallasseum-Portraits — work scholarship Berlin Soziale Stadt


Festival Circulations, Paris, France
Good Bye Great Britain, solo exhibition, Gallery Alles Mögliche Berlin, Germany

Blueprint extended, Rencontres de la Photographie of Marrakech, Marokko
Brave New Turkey, PhEST, Monopoli, Italy
Blueprint extended, Voies Off 2019, Arles, France

Photographs, Phillips, London, United Kingdom
Transformare, Guardini Gallery, Berlin,Germany
Probable Lies, Ambika P3, London, United Kingdom
10. Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie, Darmstadt, Germany
Brave New Turkey, solo exhibition, Uno Art Space, Stuttgart, Germany

Le monde tel qu’il va!, Hangar J1 Marseille, France
New Discovery Award, Rencontres Arles, France
The Future is ours, Kolga Tbilisi Photo-Festival, Tbilisi, Georgia
Paris Urban Art Fair, Paris, France
Nocturne de la Photographie, Geneve, Switzerland
Nuit de la Photo, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland

Kaunas Photo Festival, National M.K. Čiurlionis Art Museum, Kaunas, Lithuania
Festival of Modern Art and New Urban Culture Odessa, Odessa, Ukraine
LaVallée, solo exhibition, Brüssels, Belgium

Kaunas Photo-Festival, Kaunas, Lithuania
Belfast Photo-Festival, Belfast, Great Britain
Athen Photo Festival, Athens, Greece
burning down the house, Urban Spree gallery, solo exhibition, Berlin, Germany
Die Ränder des Dokumentarischen, group exhibition, Kunstraum Potsdam, Germany
Die Ränder des Dokumentarischen, group exhibition, HO-Berlin, Berlin, Germany

burning down the house, Alles Mögliche gallery, solo exhibition, Berlin, Germany
PhotoIreland Festival, Dublin, Ireland
Parmigiano Depot 3D, group exhibition, Munich, Germany
FEX, group exhibition, Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Germany
It's a book — Independent Publishing Fair, Leipzig, Germany

PhotoIreland Festival, Dublin, Ireland
Le Bal, Paris, France
MIA — Milan Image Art Fair, Milan, Italy
6th Fotobookfestival, Documenta-Halle, Kassel, Germany
10th Aenne Biermann Prize, Museum for Applied Arts Gera, Germany


Martin Parr Photobook Collection, Tate Britain, United Kingdom
Archiv und Sammlung der Museen Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Germany
Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Gera, Germany


Transformare - artist talk, Gallery of the Guardini Stiftung, Berlin
Fototreff #22 , Studio Jacob & Reischel, Berlin

Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, United Kingdom


L’écriture de l’ombre, la photographie du graffiti, Bernard Fontaine, Editions Terrain Vague

Greetings from Turkey, Hartmann Books, ISBN: 978-3-96070-013-5
The second Conquest, New York Times Magazine, 18. June 2017 + online feature

25 Gründer-Alumni der FH Potsdam, ZETUP, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam
Wenn Künstler sich des öffentlichen Raums bemächtigen, dossier at Inforadio, RBB

Eastreet, Thomasz Kulbowski, Eastreet, ISBN: 978-83-64375-14-9
Die Ränder des Dokumentarischen, FH Potsdam, ISBN: 978-3-9811510-3-9
Burning down the house, 2007-2012, seltmann+söhne, ISBN: 978-3-944721-23-1, order

Bilder aus dem Untergrund — Zeigen und Verbergen, Kettler, ISBN: 978-3-86206-359-8

Pallasseum Portraits, exhibition catalogue, self-published, order
Burning down the house, theoretical work, self published

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