Photochain is the next generation of photostocks

Using blockchain technology, the Photochain DApp returns the control and the trust of the photography marketplace to the content producer.
Traditional photostocks are often associated with limitations and high fees for the photographer - these businesses can end up taking 90% of the works’ earnings.
With Photochain, the lack of need for an intermediary means the seller sets their own terms of sale, and can take home 95% of the revenue generated from sales.
The other 5% goes into a community pot, which is used for rewarding moderators and upkeep of the network.

We created a native blockchain DApp prototype that works.

Fully serverless application

Decentralized DB based on IPFS protocol

Native blockchain technology

Works on the real Ethereum testnet

Characteristics of Photochain DApp


The benefit of blockchain technology means transactions are fully secure and verifiable at all times for both the photographer and the buyer

Decentralised storage

Digital works, as well as all transaction data are stored in a decentralised and encrypted manner. This is done using the IPFS protocol and Photochain DB.


The DApp is to be used exclusively for trading stock photography. Content that doesn’t fit the rules will be filtered using in-house developed bots.


By employing machine learning bots and also incentivising of the Photochain community through rewards.

Photochain Vision

P2P Marketplace

We want to let buyers and sellers determine their own terms of sale and purchase, so we allow them to trade directly with one another.

Easy Onboarding

A simple identity verification for all photographers. Unlike with traditional photostocks, a user can be actively selling work in minutes.

Digital Copyright Chain

On a decentralised Photochain DB, each uploaded photo is linked to a photographer through a blockchain transaction. This link cannot be removed or manipulated in any way.

Crypto Economy

Our team aspires to help contribute to building a fairer crypto economy. Decentralised services like Photochain are a big step towards this.


Photochain Token

PHOTON Token (PHT) is the means of reward in the Photochain Ecosystem and represents the tokenization of digital visual works. 

Token facts

 Name: PHOTON Token (PHTs)

Standard: Ethereum ERC20, utility based

Max Supply (Hard Cap): 230,000,000

Release date: issued after crowdfunding

Represented value: tokenization of digital visual works

Photochain Crowdsale

We will offer the realization of the Photochain through two main stages: Pre-Sale and Main Sale (Crowdsale). We will publish weekly reports about the PHOTON Crowdfund in our Blog on Medium, and discuss it with the community. We want to maintain maximum transparency in all project phases.

According to the best practices of the Crowdfund process, the amount of PHOTON Token have a realistic Hard Cap. The PHOTON token issuance will take place after the Crowdsale. It may take up to 30 days to distribute the PHOTON tokens to the contributors.

According to the current regulatory situation, we will perform a KYC/AML check of every contributor in the Photochain Crowdsale. This procedure is needed to guarantee the long-term compliance of the Photochain project.


April 2017


Idea, business case and market research

Juni 2017

Project evaluation

Development of the DApp prototype

15 Sep 2017

Strategy & Design

Go-Live of the DApp prototype

November 2017

Preparation for crowdsale

Communication and marketing activities

Commitment of the Blockchain Community

Commitment of the photography community

Legal form

Advisers and new team members

December 2017

Pre-Sale preparations

Private Pre-Sale at special discounts for eraly supporters

January 2018

Private Pre-Sale preparations

Private Pre-Sale at special discounts for early supporters

Enhanced documentation and planning

New team members

Community growing

New partnerships

February 2018


Preparation for Main Sale Event

Compliance and regulations

Developing a more comprehensive Photochain DAPP version

Q1 2018

Main Sale event (ICO)

Publishing of new collaboration partners

Q2 2018


Photochain DApp Version 1.0 on the Ethereum Mainnet

Trading of the PHT Tokens at Crypto Exchanges

Q3 2018

Continual improvement

Photochain DApp as standalone client on all common operating systems


Our Disrupting Team

Meet the team working on making Photochain happen.

Stanislav Stolberg

Co-Founder, CEO

InfoSec Consultant
Digital Transformation Manager
Arthur Ishmetev

Co-Founder, CTO

Software Architect
Full-Stack Developer
Haris Rana

Community Manager

Marketing Expert
Blockchain Enthusiast
Ralf Gerteis 

Business Development

Interim Manager
Blockchain Enthusiast
Dr. Jeannette Heinert


Doctor of Medicine
Blockchain Enthusiast
Alexander Sverdlov

Security Adviser

Cyber Security Strategy
Brian Colwell

Blockchain Evangelist

Marketing and Advertising
Dylan Sharkey

Blockchain Evangelist

Ex LinkedIn & Enterprise Ireland
Samuel Manzanera

Technology and Software Architecture Analyst

Full-Stack Developer
Jakub Stefański

Lead Blockchain Developer

Software EngineerFinTech
Peter Lai

Blockchain Developer

Full-Stack Developer

Our outstanding Advisory Board

Help us not to make mistakes

Sven Moeller 

ICO Strategy Adviser

Head of Initial Coin Offering at Swisscom Blockchain AG
Paulo Renato Dallagnol 

Legal Adviser

Intellectual Property Lawyer
Copyright & Blockchain
Charles Becquet


Marketing Executive
Photostock Industry Expert
Chang Liu

Assoc. Prof. at Ohio University

Decentralized Software Engineering researcher
Alex Fedosseev


CEO & Founder at 1World Online and Mentor at Google LaunchPad


Get in touch

Drop us a line at: [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

Is photochain a new blockchain?
Photochain is a DApp, a decentralised application, built on top of the Ethereum blockchain and IPFS protocol. Photochain is its own closed system that operates on the computing power of the ethereum virtual machine.
What is the DCC and how does it reduce copyright issues?
The Digital Copyright Chain is to be a database that is stored on the blockchain. The purpose of this database is to maintain data that securely links a digital work to its artist. Such a system will reduce the number of copyright infringements as ownership is easily identifiable.
How can I get involved as a contributor?
Please contact us if you would like to contribute digital photography to our alpha version (to be released Q1 2018). Photochain V.1. will be live in Q2 2018, where you will be able to sign up directly on the Dapp.
How can i get involved as a supporter?
We will be holding a private Pre-sale soon. Leave your email below and we’ll be in touch shortly with more information on how to receive your bonus.
Will any more tokens be issued after the crowdsale?
No, all unsold photons will be burnt. In the interest of fairness, no new tokens are to be issued after the crowdsale.
What is the motivation for photochain?
Through our own personal dissatisfaction of dealing with the complicated nature of off-chain photostocks. Where you must agree to a range of conditions imposed on you, only for you to take home a small percentage of your works. Photochain is motivated to provide a fair marketplace for the trading of digital works.
Will the Photon token be exchange listed and tradable?
We will also build our own internal exchange mechanism in due course. Due to the popularity, we assume that exchanges will be interested to list the Photon tokens also on their exchanges.
Who are the competitors?
Lately a competitor appeared called Wemark. They show so far only aggressive targets in terms of ICO but no whitepaper or working demo version. Additionally they do not only focus on stock photography but on all types of media, which is in our opinion a very ambitious target.