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About Us

Learn more about Photocircle's concept and story
and meet the people behind the scenes

What does the "circle" in Photocircle actually stand for, you ask? Our vision is simple: for an exceptional photograph you need more than just a great photographer and the right moment. You also need an extraordinary subject. So it's perfectly obvious that the subject should profit from the sales as well, right? We think that's just fair, but normally that's not the case. We're here to change that.

That's why for every art print you buy at Photocircle, we and our artists donate up to 50% of the sales price to a development project in the country or region where the photo was taken. This way, we can give back to the people and places that make our photos unique. And we apply the same logic to our illustrations as well, by donating to projects in the places where your favorite artworks were made. As both Photocircle and its artists wave a part of the proceeds, you get beautiful art, fair prices and the chance to make a difference with your purchase. The circle is complete.

Our development projects

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All projects (82)
Active projects (13)
Financed projects (69)
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Sponsor Jyoti in India

With your support we sponsor three-year-old Jyoti in a tiny village in Uttar Pradesh for one year. The sponsorship will help to establish education, health and sanitary facilities in the area....

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Sponsor Sannchay in Cambodia

This project supports ten-year-old girl Sannchay with a sponsorship for one year. The sponsorship provides health education, an improved schooling system and the access to safe drinking water ...

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Sponsor Olrich in Haiti

With this sponsorship for eight-year-old Olrich you will support the extension of civil protection in case of natural disasters, the equipment of schools and medical facilities as well as psyc...

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A sponsorship for Erik in Brazil

This project grants three-year-old Erik a sponsorship for one year. The sponsorship supports the communal development of the area by sustaining children's rights and investing in their educati...

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Sponsor Dalia in Egypt

This project grants economic and social support to eight-year-old Dalia for one year. The sponsorship will contribute to a safe access to drinking water in Dalia's village and encourage girls ...

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Protect Kamalari girls in Nepal

This project is aiming to free Kamalari girls from exploitative working conditions, to grant them access to education and a self-determined life.

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Sponsor Maicol in Colombia

With this sponsorship you strengthen children's and women's rights in the Colombian region of Villanueva and contributes to the construction of sanitary facilities.

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Support schools in Guinea-Bissau

This project strengthens community schools in the Bafatá area and improves the quality of the curriculum.

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Place three tutors for Arab kids in Berlin

By supporting Schülerpaten Berlin, you contribute to the individual tutoring of three kids with migration background.

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Protect refugees from Mali

By supporting this project you contribute to humanitarian help for refugees from Mali by the refugee agency of the UNHCR.

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Fight the famine in East Africa

This project supports the erection of refugee camps, the distribution of relief supplies and medical care for starving refugees from Somalia.

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Relief supplies for Sudanese refugees

With this project you can make a contribution to the founding of a new camp for Sudanese refugees and fuel the transport of relief supplies.

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5000 neue Flyer für Kulturleben Berlin

This project funds the printing of 5000 new flyers for Kulturleben Berlin in order to spread information about their free program to fill empty seats at cultural events.

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Fight poverty with animals

Pigs serve poor families as an important source of income. By supporting this project you help raising money to buy a piglet for a family in Myanmar. Two piglets cost 60 €.

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Fight poverty with animals

Beyond being very cute, goats are a valuable addition to a family. Goats can produce milk which in turn provides nutrition and protein. And a pair of breeding goats can produce baby goats, whi...

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Sponsorship for baby orangutan Miko

With your support Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) undertakes a one year-long sponsorship for orangutan orphan Miko in one of BOS's rehabilitation wards. The sponsorship helps to finance the wa...

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School for the poor in Bangladesh

With your support, NETZ provides access to elementary education for five young girls in Bangladesh.

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Help for Syrian refugees

The UN estimates that there are about 150,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan. With this project you help Syrian refugees in Jordan! With 120 € you support one family so that they can buy medecine...

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Education for Roma youngsters in Bosnia and Herzegovina

By supporting this project, you are making it possible for both Roma youngsters and children in Bijeljina (Bosnia and Herzegovina) to have an access to education and therewith to develop a bet...

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Hope Cape Town

This project supports HIV-positive babies who have developed drug resistance because they were breastfed by their mothers, who have to take anti-retroviral medication.To give them another oppo...

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kindergarten Burkina Faso

With your support we give one child in Burkina Faso the opportunity to attend kindergarten for two years.

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Place three tutors for Arab kids in Berlin

By supporting Schülerpaten Berlin, you contribute to the individual tutoring of three kids with migration background.

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10 water filters Myanmar

By supporting this project you help 10 families in Myanmar to get access to clean water. For 100 € we'll buy 10 ceramic filters for 10 families in Myanmar. It's these simple measures that su...

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School for the poor in Bangladesh

By supporting this project you help to provide access to elementary education for five young girls in Bangladesh.

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Education through social Streetwork

By supporting this project you enable Romani children in Skopje/Macedonia to take part in educational activities. We want to establish a dancing project for girls from the age of 8 to 14 in a ...

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Give Haiti's slum children hope

By supporting this project you help giving street kids from Haiti's worst slums the possibility to visit the world outside of their misery. For many of them it is the first time they see untou...

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Public display and seminar space in Ghana

Since its establishment people and institutions from Ghana and around the world such as musicians, students, cultural centres, universities, journalists and people from the general public have...

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Help for Syrian refugees

The suffering that came with the Syrian war can not be put in words: four million Syriens are on the run in their own country, two million are seeking refuge in other countries. Everyday more ...

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100% financed

Fight poverty with animals

Pigs serve poor families as an important source of income. By supporting this project you help raising money to buy piglets that help a family in Myanmar to start a small pig farm. Two piglets...

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Skateistan Cambodia

Skateistan uses skateboarding as a tool for empowering youth, to create new opportunities and the potential for change.

Since Skateistan began in 2007 we've found that youth ...

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Emergency relief after Cyclone Haiyan

Drinking water, tents, blankets, food and medicines are the most important thing the affected people need now in order to survive. With 80 € we can provide one family with emergency aid for ...

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Place three tutors for Arab kids in Berlin

By supporting Schülerpaten Berlin, you contribute to the individual tutoring of three kids with migration background.

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Emergency aid after Cyclone Haiyan

We provide CARE packages containing tools and materials that allow 10 families to repair their own home. 

13.2 million people were affected by the strongest typhoon ever to hit the coa...

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Medicine for Syrian Refugees

More than two million people fled Syria. Most of them have little more than the clothes they were wearing when they left their homes. With 600 € you can help provide much needed medicine fo...

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Insure Kids of Kovalam Surf Club

Kovalam Surf Club motivates kids from surrounding villages to get off the streets and into school by offering them free surf lessons but simultaneously strictly enforcing a “no school – no...

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Moabit hilft! helps 50 Kids to go the zoo

With your help Photocircle e.V. can make a day away from their emergency shelter possible and invite about 50 kids to spend a day in the Berlin zoo.

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Waterfilters for Guatemala

This project gives 30 families in Guatemala access to clean water: for 1.000 € we'll buy 30 water filters.

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Child education Burkina Faso

With your help we give 6 children in Burkina Faso the opportunity to attend kindergarten.

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Education for girls in Bangladesh

Your purchase helps us send 10 girls in Bangladesh to school and provide them with a brighter future.

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Winter Wonderland at the Refugee Shelter

With your support, Photocircle and Moabit hilft! will be able to host a winter festival for asylum seekers in Berlin Moabit. That way, we can turn their (in many cases first) winter in Germany...

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Education for a child from Khayelitsha township

With your help, Myoli e.V. grants a scholarship to a child from the township of Khayelitsha near (Cape Town) to ensure the child’s education for one year.

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Mobility for Refugees

With your help, we will work towards greater mobility for refugees in Berlin through buying tickets for public transport and bicycles.

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Winter Packages for Syrian refugees

€600 will buy much needed winter aid for 5 refugee families: a Winter CARE Package including a stove, fuel, blankets and winter clothing for a family of six costs €120.

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Winter emergency relief for Iraqi refugees

During the winter months, millions of refugees from Iraq and Syria need weather-proof tents, blankets, stoves, fuel and warm clothing. For many Syrian refugees, it’s the fourth winter in exi...

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Encourage creative energy - tear down social barriers

With your contribution to this project, you support the creation of a positive image of physically and/or mentally challenged people in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In creative workshops, ch...

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Support for girls in Zambia

With 800 Euro, the Girl's Club can organize a theatre workshop, held by the local initiative "Barefeet Theatre" - this will help the girls discover ways to express themselves and interact, and...

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New girls' school Bojasar

With €1,000 we are able to fund school education for 50 female 1st graders for an entire year!

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Waterfilters for Guatemala

This project gives 40 families in Guatemala access to clean water: for 1.330 € we'll buy 40 water filters.

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Student Lunch

The SZ project "Student Lunch" provides children in Munich and the region a free hot meal at school and in childcare facilities. Many pupils from low-income families miss lunch at school as th...

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100% financed

Education for Survivors of Human Trafficking

With €180 we can provide school supplies for survivors who are preparing to go back to school; with €360 we can support survivors by paying tuition to put them through higher education or ...

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97,28% financed

An Oxygen Concentrator for BPC

For €1,600, we can donate one oxygen concentrator to the Bairo Pite Clinic. It helps Tuberculosis patients breath in oxygen when their lungs are affected by the disease. Timor-Leste has one...

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100% financed

Satellite communication that saves lives

"Sea Watch" will function as a floating phone booth just off the Libyan coast, which will be used for maritime search and rescue. To report a boat in distress and inform relevant authorities, ...

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Welcome United 03

We want to support the work of "Welcome United 03" with €1000 and thereby make sure that this important project can keep growing in the future.

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Solar Bridge School

With your support, we can fund a solar bridge school in Rajasthan, India for a year. With this 30 children who work during the day will benefit from a basic education - as they study in the ev...

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Help for flood victims in Myanmar

With €500, we can help support the more than 1 million people affected by the severe floods and landslides in Myanmar.

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School for orphans in Uganda

We want to build a school for orphans in Uganda. As the walls are going to be built from bricks, the top and bottom panel will be poured in reinforced concrete. This way we establish a solid f...

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100% financed

School Meals – a full stomach makes it easier to study

With € 1800 we can provide 50 students one year with school meals.

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Make saving the forests economically viable

Kijani restores forests and empowers farmers in Kenya. With €500, you enable us to give ten farmers an acre of land each within a degraded forest area, and train them to intercrop indigenous...

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Student Lunch

The SZ project "Student Lunch" provides children in Munich and the region a free hot meal at school and in childcare facilities. Many pupils from low-income families miss lunch at school as th...

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100% financed

Saving lives on Greek waters

Since November, "Sea-Watch" has been using a speed boat in the area between the coast of Turkey and the Greek island of Lesbos in ordert o assist refugee boats in distress to render assistance...

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Communal buildings for Potosí province

This project aims to establish a basic social infrastructure for rural communities. The villagers of 5 communities do not have any room for their communal assemblies, where joint consultation ...

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A hero fighting against oppression

Being a ‘hero’ and fighting against oppression within the structures of patriarchal honour cultures requires courage: the courage to question one’s own culture and origin, as well as the...

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Arriving at home: apprenticeships for refugees

Train refugees in Germany to become consultants and give them the opportunity to be financially independent with a secure and fair income.

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Job Buddy Programme

With €400, we will shoot, edit and produce application photos for the job seekers on an ongoing basis, so that they can present themselves in a professional manner in their cover letters.

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Tutoring for children with a migration background

By supporting Schülerpaten Berlin, you help arrange for individual tutoring for children with a migration background.

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Music for all children

With its project "Music for all children", the Adventskalender der guten Werke der Süddeutschen Zeitung supports children in Munich: many children have parents who live on Hartz IV, receive s...

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100% financed

Satellite communication that saves lives

Sea Watch functions as a floating phone booth just off the Libyan coast, which will be used for maritime search and rescue. To report a boat in distress and inform relevant authorities, the or...

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100% financed

Help for Syria

Over the next two weeks, we want to collect as much money as possible for the great work of our partner organization CARE in Syria!

During that period, all project donations will bene...

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100% financed

Job Buddy Programme

With €800, we will shoot, edit and produce application photos for refugees so that they can present themselves in a professional manner in their cover letters. The project aims at helping t...

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21,13% financed

Help for Syria

We want to support CARE in helping Syrians displaced by the war through humanitarian assistance on the ground.

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45,51% financed

Photography workshops for marginalised women in Moscow

EUR 800 will fund a photography project in Russia. The money goes towards hiring a trainer to deliver photography workshops (4 days à 8 hours) for 15 women in Moscow; the purchase of 15 secon...

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20,37% financed

Israeli-Palestinian Youth Running Teams

We want to support Runners Without Borders in connecting Israeli and Palestinian youth through common weekly running practice - because sports has the ability to connect people and make them w...

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24,2% financed

Waterfilters for Guatemala

This project gives 40 families in Guatemala access to clean water: for 1.330 € we'll buy 40 water filters.

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45,57% financed

Scholarships for Tibetan Refugees

EUR 1,000 will support three Tibetan refugees each with a one-year scholarship for further studies.

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100% financed

Aftercare for Survivors of Human Trafficking

With EUR 370 we can finance an eye exam for a survivor of human trafficking in North Carolina, USA. A further EUR 460 funds a field trip together with other survivors in order to help them enj...

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19,79% financed

Help for victims of child abuse in Northern Argentina

The network "Stolen childhood" provides for a shelter as well as contact centre for children affected by human trafficking and their families. EUR 470 can guarantee psychological, social and l...

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46,45% financed

Giving the gift of life in Sierra Leone

With €2,000, we can provide 400 mothers-to-be with medical supervision while giving birth.

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83,32% financed

Student Lunch

The SZ project "Student Lunch" provides children in Munich and the region a free hot meal at school and in childcare facilities. Many pupils from low-income families miss lunch at school as th...

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1,01% financed

We are part of Culture!

From 2017-2019, the non-profit project 100% HUMAN shows an art exhibition on the significant contribution of LGBTTIQ* to the political development of Europe. The aim of the exhibition is to br...

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0,74% financed

Training for pharmacy employees in Uganda

With € 1000, we can fund a three-day training course for twelve pharmacy employees on the ground to teach them the correct use of medication.

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3,09% financed

Bee- and insect-friendly area

With the help of our Photocircle artists, we will create a bee- and insect-friendly herbal area in the 'Bienen Erlebnis Garten' in Frankfurt - Germany. The garden is used for workshops and as ...

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12,52% financed

Baltic Sea Campaign to Protect the Endangered Harbor Porpoises

Sea Shepherd patrols the Baltic Sea to document illegal nets and report them to local authorities.

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Our Partner Organizations

At Photocircle, we believe that everyone should do what they do best. That's why we take care of providing you with ever-new and gorgeous art, while our humanitarian and development projects are carried out by professional non-profit organizations, who have the necessary expertise and tools to deliver excellent results in their respective fields of work.

As soon as one of our projects is completely funded, we transfer the entire sum of money to the respective partner organization. Our project partners will then launch the project and keep us updated on what's happening on the ground.

Get to know our partners

Our artists

Our artists are great: they take stunning photographs or make beautiful illustrations and at the same time, they help us fund worthwhile causes all over the world with their work by waving a part -or all- of their proceeds.

Want to become part of the movement? Introduce your portfolio to our editors at curators@photocircle.net

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Our products

Your walls are crying for love? We've got you covered. Whether you're looking for art prints from our gallery or want to print your own photos - we make sure you live in style. Artists and customers from all over the world swear by our quality and service. The icing on the cake: despite our donations, we offer very fair prices by avoiding expensive marketing campaigns and focusing on what really matters - making the world a little better in whatever way we can.

The Photocircle Team

We're a handful of people with dozens of personas - CEO, marketing pro and king of numbers; visual and communications designer, but also photo editing magician; front-end hero and expert of all things back-end; communications mouthpiece and non-profit fairy; curator and international talent hunter...

But at the end of the day, one thing unites us all: our vision of a place where we can combine the beauty of art with the beauty of giving back. Curious? Learn more about Thomas Heinrich, Francesco Laddomada, Carlo Trimarchi, Katrin Strohmaier, Angela Capillo and Rosa de Salvo below.

Thomas Heinrich

Thomas Heinrich - CEO & Founder

Thomas acquired his business degree in Berlin and Salamanca. After university, he went abroad to work at the Vamos Adelante Foundation in Guatemala. Back in Berlin, Thomas started a job at a management consultancy - however, he felt his true vocation was elsewhere and went travelling in Southeast Asia instead. That's when he came up with the idea to start Photocircle: he didn't want to sell his photos without the people in the pictures profiting as well. Instead, he wanted to sell his pictures in a way that would allow him to give something back to the communities around the people who made them special; and as no such platform existed at the time, he created one himself. Apart from being CEO, Thomas loves to play all kinds of ballgames and has two children, a little boy and a baby girl.

 

Francesco Laddomada

Francesco Laddomada - Founder

Francesco studied Computer Science at the University of Cagliari, Sardinia. He is a passionate photographer and speaks eight languages: Italian, English, a bit of German and fluent PHP, Javascript, MYSQL, XHTML and CSS. Being one of eight siblings, Francesco is very sociable and enjoys extensive dinner parties with friends. He loves everything that's creative, except Pizza Hawaii.

Carlo Trimarchi

Carlo Trimarchi - CTO

Born in Messina, Sicily, Carlo studied Computer Science in Bologna and speaks at least as many languages as Francesco. He is also nuts about comics, which is why he co-created and works at To Be Continued and made the website for Erccomics.

Katrin Strohmaier

Katrin Strohmaier - Head of Communications

A woman of many words. Katrin studied communications and politics in Berlin, and then devoted herself to the Near East - on the ground at first, and later at the London-based School of Oriental and African Studies. Over the years, she brought home the bacon writing for newspapers and doing PR for NGOs, while always making sure to spend enough time traveling our beautiful planet.

Angela Ania Capillo

Angela Ania Capillo - Head Designer

Ania started drawing at the age of three (more or less like everyone else) and just never stopped ever since. After having studied Visual Arts in Reggio Calabria, Arts Education in Milan and Museum Studies in Rome, she decided to move to Berlin and let herself be inspired by vegetarian Döner, Netflix and chimney sweepers.

Rosa De Salvo

Rosa De Salvo - Curator

Rosa studied Visual Arts at the Academy of Fine Art in Reggio Calabria and Art Curatorship at IED in Rome. Since then, she's worked as a freelance professional for several contemporary art galleries, the Brazilian embassy and the Fondo Ambiente Italiano in Rome. Excessively curious and ever-enquiring, she spends her days in company of art and movies, always in search of beauty.

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