Norman Behrendt (Berlin, Germany 1981) is a Berlin-based photographer best-known for his non-conventional portraits of the Berlin’s graffiti artists.
He studied graphic design and photography at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam.
In 2012 Behrendt majors in Photography with his longterm project 'burning down the house', a photographic study of graffiti writers in Berlin. The photobook 'burning down the house' received 2013 an appreciation at the '10th Aenne-Biermann-Prize' for contemporary german photography in Gera, Germany. Few months later it won the first prize at the prestigious Fotobook Dummy Award in Kassel, Germany. "This dummy impressed the jury the most as it felt that not only had a great deal of work gone into photographing and compiling the extensive book as a whole, but that its »packaging« perfectly suited its subject matter on Berlin graffiti writers, i.e. in that the paper used for the cover was based on the design of the seating material used in Berlin S-Bahn trains. A well-conceived and striking object!" (Curt Holtz, Prestel Publishing, Jury member)
In January 2015 'burning down the house' was published by seltmann+söhne and within few months the book got sold out.
Norman Behrendt’s images have been exhibited in several group and solo shows and on international photography festivals across Europe, e.g. in Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Greece, Ireland and Lithuania.
Currently Behrendt is nominated for the New Discovery Award of the 48th edition of Les Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles, France.
Norman Behrendt lives and works in Berlin, Germany.