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Malte Brandenburg is a talented photographer, who was born in Berlin, Germany and currently based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Malte shoots a lot of architecture, landscape and urban photography. Brandenburg prefers order and symmetry and his photographs are typically centered around just that. He’s also the co-founder of visual arts collective Copenhagen Format, an international group of really cool photographers who collaborate on various projects and who support other emerging photographers.

For his series “Stacked”, Malte captured stunning photos of tower blocks in Berlin isolated against a neutral sky. These housing estates became an innovative approach to housing the middle class as well as low income people after the war and became social gathering places.

”Stacked” is an approach to the large post-war housing estates in Berlin, often built in form of tower blocks in a fairly identical fashion, however when looking closer you find a lot of variation. These buildings initially provided modern and affordable housing for many middle class families. With an easing housing market and other affordable alternatives, often a demographic change occurred: The middle class left to build their own house in the suburbs or for the increasingly popular “Berliner Altbau” in the city centres, while they were gradually replaced by families with economic and social burdens. Initially a vast improvement of life for many people after the war, some of these housing estates became social hot spots while others became more popular. In recent years various initiatives tried to counter the negative effects, e.g. by painting the rather grey buildings. Still, people stacked on top of each other as urban life form, remains an experiment.

Malte Brandenburg