Thalassini Douma was born on 9 July in Athens, and she divides her time between Greece and Italy, when not traveling around the world. She received a diploma in child education in 1985 and taught preschool children, before moving to Italy in 1987, where she lived for 10 years. While there, she obtained a degree in the "Instruction of the Italian Language and Culture", graduated from the University of Urbino with a degree in Professional Media Education, and from the Istituto di Stato per la Cinematografia e la Televisione Roberto Rossellini in Rome with a degree in Stage Photography & Photojournalism. She has been freelancing for newspapers and magazines in Greece and overseas and her work covers general news stories, cultural events or the arts. In 1991 she was in the front line during the war in former Yugoslavia. In Rome, she worked as a foreign press correspondent, as photographer of the L' Attico art gallery, and as a stage photographer for cinema and theatrical productions. She returned to Greece in 1998 and began a collaboration with the Associated Press and for two years (2002-2004) she worked for the Athens 2004 Olympic Committee. Her photos from Afghanistan, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Kosovo, Pakistan, Skopje, Turkey and the Middle East have been published in The Observer, The Guardian, Expressen, Il Manifesto, Archaeology, Epsilon, Ta Nea, Geo and Press among others. Today, when not on an assignment, she works on digital photo art and creative photography.