Norman Behrendt, born in 1981 in former East Berlin, is a German photographer based in Berlin. He studied graphic design and photography at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam and graduated in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree. He has led several photography workshops at the f/16 School for Photography in Berlin where he supported young non-professionals in finding their own visual language.

In his early childhood, he experienced the fall of the Berlin wall and German reunification. This memorable event shaped his awareness of the social and political developments in Europe caused by the collapse of the Soviet Union. Behrendt is mainly known for his photographs of Berlin’s graffiti writers and his accompanying and repeatedly awarded photobook ‘burning down the house, 2007 – 2012’. In 2013, it won the first prize at the 6th Fotobook Dummy Award in Kassel and received a special acknowledgement at the ‘10th Aenne-Biermann-Prize’ for contemporary German photography in Gera. It was also shown in solo exhibitions in Belgium and Germany and in several group shows in Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Lithuania, Ukraine and Ireland. Behrendt's new work, ‘Brave New Turkey’, is currently on show as part of the New Discovery Award at the Rencontres-Arles and was also recently published by the New York Times Magazine.

Behrendt focusses on personal projects. His photographic work mainly deals with the individual, cultural and political significance of places and the people defining them. Within this framework, his work exists on the boundaries between documentary and conceptual photography.

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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


DAAD scholarship MA Photographic Arts, London, UK
Brave New Turkey — selected 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


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, Suisse
Nuit de la Photo, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Suisse

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, Northern Ireland
Athen Photo Festival, Athens, Greece
burning down the house, Urban Spree gallery, solo exhibition, Berlin
Die Ränder des Dokumentarischen, group exhibition, Kunstraum Potsdam
Die Ränder des Dokumentarischen, group exhibition, HO-Berlin, Berlin

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

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


photobook Greetings from Turkey, Hartmann Books, ISBN: 978-3-96070-013-5
The second Conquest, New York Times Magazine, 18. June 2017, online feature
The thing about Lithuania, Frankie Magazine, issue 75

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, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, ISBN: 978-3-9811510-3-9
Monografie 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
burning down the house — European Photography, issue 95

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