Photographer Kristian Schmidt - Limited Edition Certificates of Authenticity - TRUE

Photographer Kristian Schmidt – Limited Edition Certificates of Authenticity

Protecting the Authenticity of Artwork and physical objects

Through his photographic projects which include African Wildlife, Kristian Schmidt has become active in wildlife conservation and awareness. His projects aim to protect endangered species and raise awareness on the growing illegal trade of animal and sea-life poaching.

These projects include the ‘Whale Shark Series‘K; a documentary in Kenya with Yao Ming, as well as several collaborative wildlife photo-shoots for charities such as Virgin Unite and WildAid, as well as a series of PSA’s on the consequences of the ivory trade with Prince William, Richard Branson and David Beckham.


Now, for the first time, Kristian and his team wanted to make his art more accessible to the public, but when doing so, they also wanted to ensure that his photos would not be copied and plagiarized. TRUE helped Kristian create Certificates of Authenticity which prevent forgeries, and also give Kristian an opportunity to connect with those who purshases his art, second-hand.

With this series, Kristian Schmidt is offering Limited Editions Prints for the first time. They are smaller size prints from his amazing original photographs. The prints are subsequent limited editions, with 100 prints of each photograph.

The prints are signed by Kristian and comes with an immutable Certificate of Authenticity issued with technology from TRUE. Print sizes are 80x60cm / 23.5 inches x 31.5 inches.

kristianschmidt elephant photo

Features of the digital Certificates of Authenticity:

The Certificates are easily shared, without risking reproduction or fraud.

With TRUE’s proprietary system for secure Certificates, the issuer can add a Badge to the Certificate, which act like a small representation of it. The Badge can be printed and put on the back of a photo or painting, connecting it with the physical art-piece. It can also be put next to a photo or painting during an exhibition. When the Badge is scanned with a smartphone-camera, the Certificate is verified as authentic and the viewers can read and learn more about the artist and their work.

The TRUE system allows for an owner to transfer the ownership via email. The transfer is logged and the history of owners can always be traced, creating a unique history for each artwork. And, the artist gets the contact info of the new owner.