Vangelis Ioakimidis was born in Thessaloniki in 1962. He studied Photography at the Department of Cinema and Audiovisual and the sector of photography image, in the University Paris VIII. He has two master degrees, on the Economy of Culture and on the Civilization and New Technologies from the Leonard de Vinci-Nanterre University and the Aegean University respectively.
Ioakimidis worked in the publishing houses of Contrejour, Camera Ιnternational, as well as in the European Editions C.E.C in Paris (from 1985 to 1995) as manager of production and international editions.
He represented, as General Commissionaire, the Directorate of Fine Arts, of the Greek Ministry of Culture, in the Biennale of Nice, which was dedicated to Greek photography from 1850 till present day. He has curated many exhibitions, such as: Attitudes and Aspects about Greek Photography, Religion’s spirit, Family’s spirit and Globalization’s spirit all for the Photography Center of Skopelos, where he was the Artistic Director (2000 -2005). For the 2004 Athens Olympics he was the curator of photography of all outdoor exhibitions. Since 2006 he has been the Director of the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography.