Joachim Schmeisser (born 1958) began his professional career as an advertising photographer. In addition to commercial photography, he has always devoted himself to subjects that are close to his personal heart, especially people and socially relevant topics. He has received several international awards for his outstanding work, including the Hasselblad Masters Award 2012, and his work is exhibited worldwide. In 2017, he published the photo book "Elephants in Heaven" with teNeues Verlag.