The LUMAS founders
The LUMAS founders: Stefanie Harig and Marc Ullrich

New York, East Village, 1996. We meet John at an antique market. First, he seems closed-lipped, but then, full of passion, he shows us his treasures: press photos from the 1920s. We’re impressed, by John and by the pictures. Filled with the pride of discovery, we buy five original prints. That was the beginning of our passionate involvement with photography.

Back then we opened the door to a new world: the world of art photography. A world which is black-and-white and brightly colored, surprising and magical, lively and inspiring. In this world, we discovered the unknown, simultaneously rediscovering what we already knew.

"To collect photographs is to collect the world."
Susan Sontag

Opening with Wolfgang Joop at LUMAS, Berlin Mitte
Opening with Wolfgang Joop at LUMAS, Berlin Mitte

Since our chance encounter with John, we have plunged ourselves into the world of collecting, always searching for new art with an excited anticipation of what the next art festival, gallery, art fair or artist’s studio will unveil. On our extensive travels, we’ve experienced the time and effort required to gain a comprehensive overview of the art market.

We created LUMAS with the hope of making the art market more accessible and stirring our passion for photography in a new generation of collectors. With LUMAS, we aspired towards creating a means for experiencing and owning exceptional art photography. Together with an esteemed curatorial board, the LUMAS team spent two years putting together our current, diverse and exciting portfolio.

We offer selected works by these artists as hand-signed original photographs. These editions normally range from 75 to 150 prints, some being available even in full-wall sizes. This allows us to make high quality art photographs affordable to everyone.

As a result of our efforts, art enthusiasts have the opportunity to experience an all-encompassing variety of photographs, from up-and-coming to established photography artists, on the LUMAS website or in our galleries, without travelling the globe.

We look forward to inspiring you.
Stefanie Harig & Marc Ullrich

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