The LUMAS Team
The founders of LUMAS, Stefanie Harig and Marc Alexander Ullrich, are enthusiastic art collectors. With LUMAS, they’ve both called upon their entrepreneurial experience to turn this passion into a profession. Since founding LUMAS in 2003, they have been able to recruit an additional 300 art and photography enthusiasts. With this engaged, international team, LUMAS has become an undisputed specialist for high-end art editions.
Stefanie Harig’s first PR agency, Die Brücke Public Relations GmbH, was very successful. Founded immediately after she finished her Art History and Communication Sciences degrees in 1995, notable clients soon included German federal ministries, Mercedes-Benz, McKinsey & Company, and Deutsche Bahn. After four very intense years, Harig sold her shares to SMYLE GmbH. She then dedicated herself to her love of architecture, art and design, working as an Interior Designer and Art Consultant. A passionate art collector, she founded LUMAS in 2003 to make high-quality editions affordable for young collectors and a broad, art-loving public.
Marc Alexander Ullrich
When he was just 18 years old, Marc Ullrich founded Rainbow Arts Software GmbH, which was dedicated to developing entertainment software. Just a few years later, he sold the profitable business and his shares in it to Softgold GmbH, a successful computer game distributor. In 1992, Ullrich became a member of the board of directors at ESCOM AG, which was one of the largest PC companies in Germany at the time. In 1994, Ullrich began to work as a business consultant. For three years, he helped influential clients such as 1&1, HP/Compaq, and IBM to strategically improve their market positioning. In 1997, he began building up STRATO AG into one of the best known internet providers. After two years, he sold his shares and moved on to help livingNet AG turn its low-budget internet presence into professional marketing. Since 2003, he has been one of the managing directors of Avenso GmbH, and with the LUMAS brand, he has been making the world of photo art more accessible to everyone who shares his enthusiasm for art.
In 1990, Alexander Nieswandt began working as a freelance photographer following a three-year photography apprenticeship at Bayer AG in Leverkusen, Germany. In 1992, he went to Cologne to become an assistant to the executive board at Sander, a photo-media service provider. Within two years, he became the long-established company’s managerial partner, and, as of 1994, was responsible for clients throughout all of Europe. In 2007, Alexander Nieswandt founded Icony Media GmbH, a photo lab that combined state-of-the-art technology with skilled craftsmanship. Since 2009, the company has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Avenso GmbH. Today, Icony Media serves large, industrial customers, but the renowned WhiteWall photo lab is open to all photographers who value the highest quality. Satisfied customers also include the LUMAS galleries and LUMAS artists. As one of the managing directors of Avenso GmbH, Nieswandt oversees production, IT, and customer service.