Thomas is from Vienna and has purchased his first Polaroid camera in 2010. Shortly after that he discovered “The Impossible Project” - the company which bought the last Polaroid fabrication plant in the Netherlands and began to develop instant film from scratch when Polaroid stopped its film production in 2008. Thomas is in love with instant photography since that day. He’s been sharing his love for instant photography with travelers and locals by showing them how to capture the beauty of his hometown with Polaroid cameras and its unique pictures.
Gilbert is from Vienna and would not live anywhere else if he had to choose. What fascinates him about instant photograpy is the immediate and physical result. He is impressed by the fact that one “only” has 8 photos per film and thus is forced to really think about what shots to take.
He helps visitors and locals to capture the right moment on instant film in order to preserve memories in a tangible and qualitative way. He embraces the non-repeatability and uniqueness of this analog format.
Last but not least, he loves the idea of tourists creating their own souvenirs, instead of buying a Mozart themed ashtray.
Dora is from Budapest and moved to Vienna for doing her master’s degree in marketing. She joined Sophort because being a guide provides the perfect combination of her passions: taking photos, spending time with people from different cultures, and walking around in the city. Although she is addicted to Instagram, she finds it amazing to take Polaroid photos without using any filters and effects, not knowing how they will develop. She loves to be a full-time tourist even in Vienna or in her hometown.
Hongwei is a visual artist and photographer currently studying at the University of Art and Design in Linz. His approach to photography is focused on exploring and documenting the ordinary things in urban environments. He is enthusiastic about minimalism, architecture and light.
Jackie is originally from Berlin and she’s living in Vienna since 2014. She inherited her first Polaroid from her parents (and she’s still using it!).That camera sparked her interest in analog photography (not just Polaroid, also 35mm #filmisnotdead).
She started as an Instant Tours guide in summer 2016. What she loves most about her job is meeting people from all over the world and exploring different sides off Vienna with them.
Her favorite moment at the tour is, when people hold and see their first, self-made Polaroid souvenir.
Kady is originally from Upper Austria, but lives in Vienna since 2012. The student attended one of the very first Sophort workshops in 2013. This is where she met Thomas and Gilbert. She loves shooting with instant cameras and the uniqueness and unchangeable nature of the Polaroid pictures.
Since early 2016 she’s an Instant Tours guide, which turned her hobby, showing people around in Vienna and taking pictures while doing so, to a job. Her interest in art history and architecture drive her urge to explore the obvious and hidden beauty of the city.
Bio coming soon
So-Young was born and raised in Vienna. Her roots are in South Korea (this is where her parents come from). When she’s not feeding her Instagram account, she’s studying at the Vienna University. What? You’d have to ask her yourself ;)
She thinks Vienna is perfect for photography, no matter if it't digital or Polaroid. She shares her love for the art of photography with her family. Instant photography she thinks, is fascinating because each and every picture is unique. Even if it’s one of the same subject.
Teresa grew up near Linz, Upper Austria, but has been living in Vienna since fall 2007. She got her first Polaroid camera at the age of 14 as a birthday gift and instantly developed a fascination for the concept of instant photography. She loves creating souvenirs of her daily life by capturing special moments with Polaroid photography.
After meeting Thomas and Gilbert at a Sophort workshop (sounds familiar?), she joined the Instant Tours team in summer 2015.
She loves meeting new people from around the world and exploring Vienna and the beauty of Polaroid photography with them.
Alex is 20 and a true local. Born and raised in Graz! She’s a great source for the new and cool brunch locations, upcoming events that shouldn’t be missed and all the other insider tips you need to get. She got her Polaroid camera when she turned 18. Since then she has a new companion who is always on her side ;)
A few things that fascinate her about Polaroids: You have to think before pushing the button. They are valuable. And they need time to develop, which adds to the suspense! Alex likes hanging out with friends and family, fashion, the movies, cooking and traveling. She believes that Instant Tours are giving you the opportunity to get to know a city by heart and take home one of a kind souvenirs.
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Alessandra is half Austrian, half Italian. She grew up and studied in Vienna. She already spent a semester in Rome studying and now she's doing her Masters in the eternal city. Alessandra is a curious person, open for new experiences and eager to learn new things. She’s passionate about making her tours exciting for each guest by learning something new and having a good time.
Alessandra interest in photography started at a very young age. She is using various analog cameras, Polaroid cameras, her phone and digital cameras to capture the moment. She’s always up to finding exciting new angles and photo opportunities.
Margret is from Warsaw, Poland, where she is a dedicated member of the mobile photography community. Margret met Gilbert and Thomas during her stay in Vienna in 2014 and fell in love with the concept of Instant Tours right away. She believes that Polaroid photo tours are an amazing and unique type of entertainment for visitors of cities, which is why she decided to work together with Sophort and offer tours in her hometown Warsaw. Margret can’t imagine a better way to do sightseeing than joining an Instant Tour: It’s all about meeting new people, learning about instant photography and creating unique souvenirs from your vacation.