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30 years in the service of

the true 3-dimensional imaging ...

and now with OptoClones©

(Optical Clones of art objects)!


Member of the  International Hologram Manufacturers Association (ΙΗΜΑ) since 1992

Address: 28, Dionyssou Str.  CHALANDRI-15234 ATHENS • Tel: +302108211587 • Email: click here
Director: Alkis Lembessis, M.Sc. (cell-phone: +306932401444)  Scientific Director: Andreas Sarakinos, Physicist

Moscow 2016

Magic of Light 2016. Opened on Feb 8th at the city centre of Moscow. Through end of May 2016. Co-organized by ITMO University and the Hellenic Institute of Holography. For more details, visit the official website (here). Click below to view the first photos (by A. Akilov). One more LightAlive event.

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At a glance

 Updated 2 Nov 2015

The-Holography-Conference-Colour-2015-EN-1 4 Dec 2015. The most established annual meeting of professional holography this year is taking place in Shanghai, China and the Hellenic Institute Holography has been invited again as a guest speaker; the title of our presentation will be: "The Attack of OptoClones™ : The Making of the Bowater Collection of Fabergé Holographic Optical Clones". See the conference programme here.

HOLOEXPO2015-Kazan-LembessisOdinokovZacharovas-2514 Sep 2015. At the annual meeting of all-Russian holographers HOLOEXPO2015 which took place this year in the city of Kazan, HiH presented its latest developments in the area of hologram illumination with a presentation titled:"LED illuminants for optimal viewing of monochromatic holograms and OptoClones™ ". Read the conference programme here.

Farberger Musum sign1-2510 Oct 2015. At the int'l conference organized by Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg on the theme of  'Lapidary Art' we presented to an audience of experts and in a world's first the Collection of Fabergé OptoClones™. 

Denisyuk on Blackboard cropped text resize28 June-3 July 2015. All holographers of the world were there! After 3 years since the last meeting, the 10th Int'l Symposium of Display Holography came for the first time ever to the city of Yuri Denisyuk. At the historical building of the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg, ITMO University organized ISDH2015 in cooperation with HiH. Just in case you missed this unique experience, take a glimpse (here) at the official website of the symposium
Η καθιερωμένη ετήσια διεθνής συνάντηση της επαγγελματικής ολογραφίας εφέτος έρχεται στην Σανγκάη της Κίνας και το ΕΙΟ έχει πρσκληθεί και πάλι με την παρουσίασή του "The Attack of OptoClones™ : The Making of the Bowater Collection of Fabergé Holographic Optical Clones".

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An unforgettable event

(28 June - 3 July 2015)


Three years after Boston and the MIT MediaLab, the Int'l Symposium of Display Holography 2015 (ISDH) was organized this year in St. Petersburg by ΙΤΜΟ University in cooperation with HiH. More than 200 holographers from 16 countries presented 80 papers as well as their own holographic creations at the Russian Academy of Sciences historical building.

Yuri Denisyuk Stereo In memorim of Yuri Denisyuk (inventor of the type of holograms known by his name) and in honour of late Prof. T. Jeong (founder of ISDH), the organization of the Symposium in 2015 -the UNESCO Int'l year of Light- will remain unforgettable to all those who had the unique opportunity to visit splendid St. Petersburg during the season of White Nights.

The Hellenic Institute of Holography was present not only through its active participation in the Organizing Committee as well as an official sponsor but also with 4 oral presentations (click for abstract):

The full programme of the Symposium sessions (to be published in a commemorative publication) can be found here.

The official album of commemorative photos can be viewed at the media portal of IΤΜΟ University (here), whereas private pictures are being collected by participants for common posting on the Web.

The Symposium was enhanced by a mega-exhibition of holography (also co-organized by ITMO University and HiH) with title 'Magic of Light: Holograms, Light Installations and OptoClones'. Participants to ISDH2015 had the chance of a private preview of this show, which was met by public with substantial success and came to an end in mid Nov2015 after having attracted more than 80,000 visitors.

 Updated 17 Nov 2015

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Holograms, Light Installations and OptoClones

at the marvellous re-conditioned residence of Elisseev opening to public for the first time after almost 100 years, in the magnificent city of St. Petersburg of Russia, by the Museum of Optics of ITMO University and the Hellenic Institute of Holography.

Following Minsk (2011) and Herakleion of Crete (2013), the concept of exhibition developed by HiH and ITMO University focusing on Visual Perception was introduced in St. Petersburg with great success, as it was considered to be the core event of the City for the celebrations of 2015-UNESCO Int'l Year of Light.

moL-GeorgeMacaroni-p4943-25During the period of 4 months (1 July - 10 November), in an area of 1,000 sqm extending over two floors, more than 80,000 visitors had the opportunity to learn and be amused using the latest optical technologies in a modern edutainment concept.

At the epicentre of the exhibition, visitors could admire the collection of Optical Clones of the world reknown Imperial Eggs from Fabergé Museum, created by HiH in cooperation with ITMO University. For the purpose of public demonstration of these OptoClones, HiH developed special display systems incorporating the proprietary illuminants HoLoFoS (λ) whereas, for the lighting of conventional holograms, the new generation of LED HiHfire illuminants with enhanced quality performance were used.

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We have put together at our YouTube HiHolography channel all video (16) clips with virtual tours of the exhibition as well as excerpts from media coverage of local TV stations.

At the media portal of ITMO University, pictures from the officlal opening of the event in the presence of the Governor of the City of St. Petersburg can be seen whereas at  Instagram more than 11,000 postings from individual visitors can be found. Selected comments from 'The Book of Visitors' were collected and published in a commemorative edition (in Russian).

Most of the exhibits together with practical information can still be seen at the official website (English/Russian), which was active during the event.

One more successful LightAlive event...

Next rendez-vous has already started in Moscow as of Feb 2016 !!


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News Flash

Posted on 06 Dec 2015

 A 28-year-old pathway !!

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The ΙΗΜΑ 'Best of Year 2015'-Excellence in Holography award to the Hellenic Institute of Holography in Shanghai, China, marks the culmination of a very long pathway to success. This prize is only presented when the judges see an application that is truly outstanding to justify its elevation to best project of the year. The award was granted not only for the creation of the Bowater Collection of Fabergé OptoClones™ by Andreas Sarakinos, scientific director of HiH, but also for the development of dedicated display systems incorporating optimized illuminants. Naturally, the honour is further extended to all involved partners of HiH in this project, individuals and parties such as ITMO University and the Fabergé Museum from St. Petersburg, Russia as well as James Bowater, main sponsor of the venture. 

 Update 06 July 2015

A medal well deserved ! 


Within the framework of the most important meeting of world holographers, the 10th International Symposium of Display Holography, which took place in July for the first time ever in St. Petersburg, Russia, the scientific director of HiH, Andreas Sarakinos was honoured with the Yuri Denisyuk medal  of the D.S. Rozhdestvensky Optical Society 'for the application of new techniques in the recording of colour holograms'. The joint organization of the Symposium by ITMO University and HiH in memoriam of Yuri N. Denisyuk (inventor of the type of holograms featuring his name) during 2015- the UNESCO Int'l Year of Light- marked a special point in time for this distinguished award to a person, who has practically dedicated the largest part of his professional life to display holography.


Update 30 June 2015

 At the top-10 of Innovation

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The ranking of the ' Τhree-dimensional Optical Clones of Works of Art ' in the top-10 of Applied Research among 208 candidates in the 3rd Competition "Greece Innovates!" (a joint initiative of Eurobank and the Federation of Greek Enterprises) is another public recognition of HiH activities. The proposal of the Hellenic Institute of Holography attracted wide publicity within Greece with special reports in Greek language daily press (KATHIMERINI), in TV (SKAI-First Line) and dedicated road-shows in selected academic venues in Greece. During the open-to-public verbal appraisal (video), Andreas Sarakinos and Tasos Tzerahoglou had the opportunity to demonstrate 'live' results obtained with the proprietary equipment developed by HiH.

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Updated Oct 01, 2014


FOTOHITS-wissen hologramm Page 1resizeFOTOHITS-wissen hologramm Page 2resize"Licht Formen"  (read the article in German), from FOTOHITS, the popular magazine on Photography, (Oct2014 issue, pages 16-17), making a futuristic reference to HiH OptoClones© and Photography as in the year 2034.



Read here a flattering article (July 2013) titled 'A New, Old Challenge for Technology: Hologram Jesus' from the American progressive business, innovation and technology magazine FAST COMPANY (Editors' Choice Best Magazine in 2014) on the HiH hologram exhibit at the MIT Museum (see it here).

Update Sep 7th, 2013

Ultra Realistic Imaging 2013Read here a detailed report on HiH activities through the pages of the most recent (May 2013) authoritative book on the subject by Prof. Hans Bjelkhagen and David Brotherton-Ratcliffe titled 'ULTRA-REALISTIC IMAGING: Advanced Techniques in Digital and Analog Colour Holography' (select the adjacent image to see how to obtain your copy of this unique book).

New additions in our Collections


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From the News

Event Calendar

  • 16 Nov 2017
    16 Nov 2017 / 17 Nov 2017

    On this 70th anniversary since the invention of Holography, the annual international meeting of the business of holography comes to Barcelona, Spain and our invited presentation is titled "OptoClones™ of Russian State Treasures from the Moscow Kremlin Diamond Fund"

  • 12 Sep 2017
    12 Sep 2017 / 14 Sep 2017

    Meet us at the 14th annual meeting of all-Russian holographers, this year in Zvenigorod, Russia.Our presentation will be titled: "Aerial views of religious monuments of St. Petersburg"

  • 02 Dec 2015
    02 Dec 2015 / 04 Dec 2015

    The annual international meeting of the business of holography this year comes to Shanghai, China and our invited presentation is tiltled  "The Attack of OptoClones™ : The Making of the Bowater Collection of Fabergé Holographic Optical Clones"

  • 13 Oct 2015
    13 Oct 2015 / 14 Oct 2015

    Meet us at the 12th annual meeting of all-Russian holographers, this year in Kazan. Our presentation will be titled: "LED illuminants for optimal viewing of monochromatic holograms and OptoClones™ "

  • 08 Oct 2015
    08 Oct 2015 / 10 Oct 2015

    At this year's annual international conference of the Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg, we will present for the first time "The Fabergé Collection of OptoClones™ " to a world of specialists.

  • 01 Jul 2015
    01 Jul 2015 / 31 Oct 2015

    The main event in the city of St.Petersburg on the occasion of 2015, the UNESCO Int'l Year of Light, this exhibition will combine "Holograms, Light Installations and OptoClones". At the Elisseev Palace, co-organized by ITMO University and HiH. Don't miss this unforgettable event !

  • 29 Jun 2015
    29 Jun 2015 / 03 Jul 2015

    The 10th anniversary of the Int'l Symposium of Display Holography coming to the St. Petersburg branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences in memoriam of Yuri Denisyuk. Five days of holographic exchange plus a major holographic show. Hosted by ITMO University in association with HiH. Holographers of the world, Unite !

  • 28 Oct 2014
    28 Oct 2014

    Seminar taking place at the Centre for Optical and Laser Engineering (COLE) of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), titled "Holography for Optical Documentation and Diagnostics of Works of Art". Time: 3:00pm, Place: Fusion@MAE Seminar Room (N3.1-B3c-06).

  • 16 Sep 2014
    16 Sep 2014 / 17 Sep 2014

    At the 11th annual meeting of all-Russian holographers, this year taking place in Sochi, Russia, where you may personally meet us and appreciate our latest OptoClones©. Title of our presentation: "The project LightAlive2013 and its realization".

  • 17 Jun 2014
    17 Jun 2014

    On the opportunity of the first meeting of the Organising Committee of ISDH2015, see the latest creations of HiH in a Day-Seminar organized by ITMO Univ. in St. Petersburg. The title of our presentation: "Holography for Optical Documentation and Diagnostics of Works of Art".

  • 09 Jun 2014
    09 Jun 2014 / 12 Jun 2014

    At the 10th conference on Lasers in the Conservation of Artworks (LACONA10) taking place in Sharjah, UAE with an oral presentation titled: "In-situ recording and displaying full-colour holographic OptoClones of cultural artifacts on loan at the Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens".

  • 03 Feb 2014
    03 Feb 2014 / 04 Feb 2014

    In OPTO2014 (part of SPIE Photonics West) San Francisco, California between 3-5 Feb 2014 with an update on latest developments in HoloCultura program.

  • 07 Nov 2013
    07 Nov 2013 / 09 Nov 2013

    At The Holography Conference (previously known as HOLOPACK/HOLOPRINT) taking place for the first time in Delhi India with a presentation titled "Holographic Methods for Accurate Cloning of Cultural Artefacts".

  • 17 Sep 2013
    17 Sep 2013 / 18 Sep 2013

    At the 10th Int'l Meeting of scientific holographers in Moscow, Russia between Sep 17-19, 2013 with our specially prepared presentation for this event titled 'OptoClones and HoLoFoS: advances in colour display holography'.

  • 15 Sep 2013
    15 Sep 2013 / 18 Sep 2013

    At the annual meeting of the World Federation of Great Towers (WFGT) taking place this year in Berlin, Germany between 15-19 Sep 2013 with a presentation delivered in cooperation with Tower Park of Prague titled "OptoClones© : A Unique Ultra-realistic Medium for Attracting Public Interest in Cultural Heritage"

  • 02 Feb 2013
    02 Feb 2013 / 07 Feb 2013

    In OPTO ( part of SPIE Photonics West ) San Francisco, California between 2-7 Febr 2013 with the presentation "HoLoFoS: an optimized LED illumination system for color reflection holograms display" .

  • 28 Oct 2012
    28 Oct 2012 / 29 Oct 2012

    In the annual meeting of world holographers Holo-pack•Holo-print 2012 in Vienna, Austria between 28-30 Oct 2012 with the presentation of TAURUS SecureSolutions on 'Holography for Accreditation of Works of Art'.

  • 28 Oct 2012
    28 Oct 2012 / 02 Nov 2012

    At the Int'l Conference on Cultural Heritage EUROMED2012 in Limassol, Cyprus between 28 Oct-3 Nov 2012 with the presentation of ArtGnomon titled 'Science in Aid of Expert Opinion: A Tell-Tale on Disputed Artworks'.

  • 17 Sep 2012
    17 Sep 2012 / 20 Sep 2012

    At the 9th Int'l Meeting HOLOEXPO2012 in Suzdal, Russia between 17-21 Sep 2012 with two presentations specially prepared for this event titled 'Modern Progress of Art Holography as seen at the MIT Conference in June 2012' and 'Hyper-DocumentationTM: Lasers and Holography in the Preservation of Cultural Heritage'.

  • 07 Sep 2012
    07 Sep 2012 / 29 Sep 2012

    At the Historical Maps Exhibition held at the War Museum in Thessaloniki, Greece between 7-30 Sep 2012 with digital holographic prints of maps for military use, glasses-free autostereoscopic screens and our latest creation of an analog OptoCloneTM  of a limited edition model of a 1912 Evzonas soldier.

  • 25 Jun 2012
    25 Jun 2012 / 29 Jun 2012

    At the 9th International Symposium on Display Holography (ISDH2012) organized this year (25-29 June) in Boston Massachussets on the top floor of the new extension of the MIT Media Lab with an oral presentation "A transportable system for the in situ recording of color Denisyuk holograms of Greek cultural heritage artifacts in silver halide panchromatic emulsions and an optimized illuminating device for the finished holograms"

16 Nov - 04 Dec
13 Oct - 31 Oct
29 Jun - 17 Sep
17 Jun - 04 Feb
07 Nov - 18 Sep
02 Feb - 02 Nov
17 Sep - 29 Jun

Holographic Universe (where each part contains the whole)

Andreas Embeirikos (Greek: Ανδρέας Εμπειρίκος) (Brăila, 2 September 1901 – Athens, 3 August 1975) was a Greek surrealist poet and the first Greek psychoanalyst.

The work of Embeirikos -literary, photographic and psychoanalytic- deals with the “Greek trauma”. In 1935 he gave the famous lecture "On surrealism" in Athens and published "Ypsikaminos", a pure surrealist text, a heretic book characterized by the lack of the punctuation and the peculiarity of the language. His poetry can be defined by two major tendencies. On the one hand, he was one of the major representatives of surrealism in Greece. On the other hand, together with Yorgos Seferis, Embirikos was the most important representative of the generation of the 1930s. He contributed greatly to the introduction of modernism in Greek letters.

Andreas Embeirikos-photoIn Fotofrachtis (The Light Shutter) (written in 1960 and included in his Oktana collection) Embeirikos correlates the act of photography with daydreaming, not as nostalgia or longing for death, but in the sense of reconciliation with the paradox of time, as a blistering dive in the restless consistency of things.

Assuming that poetry can be translated into a language different to the original, you may taste this poem below or more of his poetry in English by visiting this link.

The Light Shutter

"The hours flow through the iridescences and play of the waters,just like the transparent waters flow through the anemones. With its keys, remembrance opens the horizons, which continuously expand and grow, like the ripples of a stone that falls on a surface that is imperturbable by mortal and bastard acts. Dawn is the first hour. Behind it, the beautiful morning, with red hands which quickly (I almost would say unexpectedly) turn and become golden. A lens with an amazing shutter seizes even the most fleeting moment and transfers it onto the surface of a smooth plate of unbelievable sensitivity. And now that the shutter opened and closed like an incorruptible eye and time was arrested, remembrance expands life and gives to every image the movement and flexibility that, from the depths of a fountain (its own), calls forth its most secret meaning. And behold, it transforms the image completely. It changes it from a static (let's say, 'pinned') moment to a multiply-waved dance of hours and plastic bodies with good rhythm, to a tangible and specific realisation (materialisation) of every vision, of every desire."

Andreas Embirikos, Oktana (Athens: Ikaros, 1960), p. 29.

Translation assisted by Liana Theodoratou.


Also read here an interesting essay titled "The Night of Memory: Andreas Embiricos and the Optical Unconscious" by Eduardo Cadava of Princeton University, published in "Culture & Memory. Special Issue of Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand) 2006.


The Invisible World of Visible Illusions

by Panayiotis KAMBANIS


Translation Coming Soon....

IHMAaward2015webThe Hellenic Institute of Holography awarded "BEST OF YEAR"  IHMA Excellence in Holography Awards 2015.

From IHMA press release :"The Hellenic Institute of Holography was awarded ‘Best of Year’ for the Bowater Collection of Fabergé OptoClones™, which are remarkably accurate full-colour holographic reproductions of the famous ornaments now housed in the Fabergé Museum in St Petersburg, Russia."

Read the official organizers' announcement here and see more details at the HiH News article here.

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