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Alfred Bajon in Charlottenburg, Berlin 2010 | © Alex Steffen/ Courtesy of Alex Steffen
Alfred Bajon in Charlottenburg, Berlin 2010 | © Alex Steffen/ Courtesy of Alex Steffen
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Vanishing Berlin: This Photographer Is Capturing the History of the City Before It's Lost

Picture of Alice Dundon
Updated: 23 March 2018
Berlin is a city in perpetual change, as neighbourhoods get a facelift, underground scenes become mainstream and development finds its way to the city. Buildings are adorned with scaffolding, the skyline is filled with cranes and Berlin’s city centre is increasingly under construction as the grips of gentrification become ever-present. There is an underlying feeling of loss associated with it all, a sense of moving on and leaving the past behind. However, a local Berliner, Alex Steffen, is seeking to immortalise the changing face of his city with his platform and book, Vanishing Berlin. Drawn to photography at a young age, Alex has taken this passion and made it his mission to capture the city he grew up in, as it was and before it is forgotten. Successfully crowdsourcing his first book, Vanishing Berlin is a collection of beautiful images that perfectly capture the city’s ever-changing character.
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Vanishing Berlin Book Cover | © Alex Steffen/ Courtesy of Alex Steffen
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Sexothek Kino | © Alex Steffen/ Courtesy of Alex Steffen
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Cuvry Brache in Kreuzberg, Berlin 2014 | © Alex Steffen/ Courtesy of Alex Steffen
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Erotik Video Kino in Wedding, Berlin 2016 | © Alex Steffen/ Courtesy of Alex Steffen
Garagen-Prenzlauerberg-2015
Garagen in Prenzlauerberg, Berlin 2015 | © Alex Steffen/ Courtesy of Alex Steffen
Ghost sign in Mitte, Berlin 2013
Ghost sign in Mitte, Berlin 2013 | © Alex Steffen/ Courtesy of Alex Steffen
Großbeerenkeller-2012
Großbeerenkeller in Berlin, 2012 | © Alex Steffen/ Courtesy of Alex Steffen
Happy Night in Wedding, Berlin 2016
Happy Night in Wedding, Berlin 2016 | © Alex Steffen/ Courtesy of Alex Steffen
Korsett Engelke-Charlottenburg-2010
Korsett Engelke in Charlottenburg, Berlin 2010 | © Alex Steffen/ Courtesy of Alex Steffen
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Brand Poster in Schöneberg, Berlin 2016 | © Alex Steffen/ Courtesy of Alex Steffen
Markise-Schöneberg-2009
Markise in Schöneberg, Berlin 2009 | © Alex Steffen/ Courtesy of Alex Steffen
Nachbarn-Oranienstraße -2010
Nachbarn on Oranienstraße, Berlin 2010 | © Alex Steffen/ Courtesy of Alex Steffen
Brache in Friedrichshain, Berlin 2016
Brache in Friedrichshain, Berlin 2016 | © Alex Steffen/ Courtesy of Alex Steffen
Pflugmacher-Schoeneberg-2009
Pflugmacher in Schoeneberg, Berlin 2009 | © Alex Steffen/ Courtesy of Alex Steffen
Rote Insel -Schöneberg-2010
Rote Insel in Schöneberg, Berlin 2010 | © Alex Steffen/ Courtesy of Alex Steffen
Yorckbruecken in Kreuzberg, Berlin 2014
Yorckbruecken in Kreuzberg, Berlin 2014 | © Alex Steffen/ Courtesy of Alex Steffen
Leydicke in Schöneberg, Berlin 2014
Leydicke in Schöneberg, Berlin 2014 | © Alex Steffen/ Courtesy of Alex Steffen
Hinterhof in Lichtenberg, Berlin 2017
Hinterhof in Lichtenberg, Berlin 2017 | © Alex Steffen/ Courtesy of Alex Steffen