Artist's Books by Joachim Schmid

One Day in May

Posted in Books by JS on July 15, 2014

One Day in May 1

Every time we learn about another gun rampage in the US, people ask the same questions – why did someone kill so many people, what went wrong with that person? In May, 2014 another one of these killling sprees occurred in Santa Barbara, California, claiming seven lives. One Day in May does not ask any of the usual questions but takes a look at the wider context of the event – the other fourty-nine shootings that happened on the same day, starting in Connecticut and ending in California in the course of the day. The Santa Barbara shooting is only one event in an ongoing series; it made international news because of the number of victims. Looking at the local news on any given day may tell us more about the occasional mass shooting than asking the same questions time and again.

2014
digital print, colour
14.8 x 10.5 cm, 124 pages
softcover, sewn
100 copies
18 €
available in the shop

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Sixty-Eight Minutes on the Sunset Strip

Posted in Books by JS on June 16, 2014

Sixty-Eight Minutes

On March 26th, 2014 I set out to explore the Sunset Strip. Coming from the south, I arrived at the western end of the strip at 2:58 pm. Traffic moved very slowly past buildings, apartments, real estate opportunities, parking lots, a gasoline station, and a few palm trees. It took sixty-eight minutes of stop and go traffic before I arrived at the eastern end of the strip. The reason for slow traffic was a small fire.

2014
digital print, b/w
14.8 x 10.5 cm, 80 pages
softcover, sewn
100 copies
12 €
available in the shop

Photogenetic Drafts

Posted in Books by JS on June 11, 2014

Photogenetic Drafts

This series of 32 photographs is based on the archive of a commercial photographer who donated the negatives he didn’t need any more to the Institute for the Reprocessing of Used Photographs. The photographer cut his negatives to prevent their future use. This attempt to preclude new prints triggered the creation of photographs that would not exist without the attempted destruction. Consistent point of view, consistent light, and consistent poses allowed the combination of two negatives into one single image. The resulting photographs are portraits of non-existing persons. They are based on the genetic pool of the population of a small town in Bavaria. Like in genetic engineering, existing information was dismantled and spliced to create formerly unknown mutations, playing with genetic inheritance, age, gender, and personality. 

2014
digital print, b/w
21 x 14.8 cm, 36 pages
softcover, saddle-stitched
50 copies
8 €
available in the shop

Decisive Portraits

Posted in Books by JS on December 27, 2013

Decisive Portraits

Decisive Portraits is a series of eight b/w photographs and a text panel. The photographs are portraits of black American soldiers taken by George Garland in April and May 1944 in Petworth, West Sussex.

2014 (the 2013 print-on-demand edition is discontinued)
digital print, b/w
21 x 14.8 cm, 20 pages
softcover, saddle-stitched
50 copies
8 €
available in the shop
digital version available from Visual Maniac

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Nine Errors

Posted in Books by JS on December 12, 2013

Nine Errors

The series Nine Errors was made when Breda Photo Festival invited me to participate in their exhibition Another Street View in September 2010. Photographs were presented as an online exhibition that was accessible via smartphone. Stickers with QR codes refering to the exhibits were spread around the city of Breda. So the exhibition existed only on the displays of smartphones in the streets of Breda. Instead of providing the expected images for an exhibition in public space that would be accessible exclusively for the owners of smartphones and that would support the idea of turning public space into a machine-readable surface, I decided to subvert the system by introducing (images of) a series of errors. Throughout the following years, stickers with the very same codes were pasted in various cities, replacing existing codes with error messages.

2014 (the 2013 print-on-demand edition is discontinued)
digital print, b/w
21 x 14.8 cm, 24 pages
softcover, saddle-stitched
50 copies
8 €
available in the shop

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Netzerscheinungen

Posted in Books by JS on December 6, 2013

Menschen und Dinge Orte und Zeichen Waren und Träume

Netzerscheinungen (2006/2007) are three multi-channel digital photo installations that are based on photographic imagery found on the internet:
Menschen und Dinge. 853 Bilder für das 21. Jahrhundert (People and Things. 853 Pictures for the 21st Century)
Orte und Zeichen. 692 Bilder für das 21. Jahrhundert (Places and Signs. 692 Pictures for the 21st Century)
Waren und Träume. 781 Bilder für das 21. Jahrhundert (Commodities and Dreams. 781 Pictures for the 21st Century)
The books contain a selection of photographs, organized in the same 66 chapters that build the structure of the installations.

2014
digital print, colour, 3 volumes
21 x 24.8 cm, 40–48 pages
softcover, saddle-stitched
50 copies
24 €
available in the shop

Von eigener Hand

Posted in Books by JS on November 3, 2013

Von eigener Hand 1

Eine Sammlung gefundener Notizen, Einkaufszettel, Kurzbriefe – anonyme Bespiele handschriftlicher Alltagskommunikation in vier Sprachen. Die Fundstücke stammen aus der zweiten Hälfte der 90er Jahren des 20. Jahrhunderts, der Buchentwurf von 1999.

2013
digital print, b/w
21 x 14.8 cm, 112 pages
softcover, sewn
100 copies
14 €
available in the shop

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Kunstgeschichte für alle

Posted in Books by JS on November 3, 2013

Kunstgeschichte für alle 1

Das Pin-Up-Foto hat seinen angestammten Platz in der Boulevardpresse, doch ganz ohne Tarnung kommt es selten daher. Den nackt posierenden Frauen werden Geschichten angedichtet und erzieherische Worte in den Mund gelegt, wobei die Themen dieser kurzen Texte so beliebig wie austauschbar sind – gelegentlich taucht selbst Kunst in diesem Kontext auf. Kunstgeschichte für alle versammelt eine Reihe solch populärer Einführungen in die weite Welt der Kunst, deren auffälligstes Merkmal ist, dass die Porträts ihrer vermeintlichen Autorinnen im Vergleich zum gewohnten Bild der Kunsthistorikerin recht freizügig sind und mehr Raum einnehmen als die knappen Erläuterungen des jeweiligen Gegenstands. Hier reden keine Kunstgeschichtler über weibliche Akte, sondern Akte über Kunstgeschichte.
Die Zeitungsausschnitte stammen aus den 80er Jahren des 20. Jahrhunderts, der Buchentwurf von 1990.

2013
digital print, colour
29.7 x 21 cm, 28 pages
softcover, saddle-stitched
100 copies
10 €
available in the shop

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X Marks the Spot

Posted in Books by JS on August 28, 2013

X Marks the Spot 1

Dallas, Texas, Dealey Plaza. The site where John F. Kennedy was assassinated is a major tourist magnet. White Xes on the pavement mark the spots where the president was fatally shot – in the middle of a freeway on-ramp. Visitors often wait for a gap in traffic, hurry to one of the Xes, get their photos taken and leave the road before the next cars arrive. Some of those photos end up in online photo sharing sites such as Flickr, with captions along these lines: “I don’t know why I felt the need to stand by the X but judging from everyone else, it would appear to be the thing to do.”
A webcam is positioned in a window on the sixth floor of the former Texas School Book Depository, the site where, on November 22, 1963, an assassin allegedly fired the shots that killed Kennedy as the presidential motorcade passed through Dealey Plaza. The camera’s perspective exactly matches that of the assassin: it now shoots the tourists shooting their own memorial photos, and we can watch this in real time.
The book combines snapshots taken by tourists at Dealey Plaza with footage from the webcam.

2013
digital print, colour
14.8 x 10.5 cm, 84 pages
softcover, sewn
100 copies
14 €
available in the shop
digital version available from Visual Maniac

Estrelas amadas

Posted in Books by JS on August 12, 2013

Estrelas amadas 1

The series Estrelas amadas – Beloved Stars – is based on black and white photographs of movie stars found in a Portuguese magazine from the 1950s. The former owner of the magazine, a young woman from Lisbon, coloured the lips of all her beloved stars in the brightest red, presumably soon after she acquired the magazine and decades before her copy ended up in a flea market.

2014 (the 2013 print-on-demand edition is discontinued)
digital print, colour
21 x 14.8 cm, 20 pages
softcover, saddle-stitched
50 copies
8 €
available in the shop

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Archiv

Posted in Books by JS on July 27, 2013

Archiv 1

Archiv (1986–1999) is an analytical survey of international vernacular photography through the course of 20th century consisting of assortments of images – snapshots, studio photos, postcards, commercial photos, photos of missing people, newspaper images – grouped and classified according to their similarity on panels. The panels highlight the mechanical uniformity and conformity of image production, the collective patterns and rituals of popular photographic representations. The project is a history, a commentary, and a celebration of the mundane weirdness of commonplace photography.
The entire project consist of 726 panels, the book includes a selection of 53 panels.

2014 (the 2013 print-on-demand edition is discontinued)
digital print, colour
21 x 14.8 cm, 56 pages
softcover, saddle-stitched
50 copies
8 €
available in the shop

Statics

Posted in Books by JS on July 27, 2013

Statics 1

The series Statics (1995–2003) is an artistic reply to the aggressive visual pollution and excess information in modern society. Media fall-out such as garbage photos, advertising leaflets, unsolicited mail, redundant books etc. was the raw material that was recycled. Using an office shredder, this existing (paper-based) information was sliced, turning information into meaningless matter. The resulting strips were gathered to create visual fields with specific tonalities and colours that reflect the original content.

2014 (the 2013 print-on-demand edition is discontinued)
digital print, colour
21 x 14.8 cm, 32 pages
softcover, saddle-stitched
50 copies
8 €
available in the shop

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The ABC of Popular Desire

Posted in Books by JS on July 21, 2013

The ABC of Popular Desire 1

The ABC of Popular Desire is a visual index of the most popular internet searches made between January and May 2013. Based on data provided by meta search engines, the compilation reveals internet users’ real interests; sports, celebrities, entertainment, new products, catastrophes, crimes, and the occasional political event.
Arranged in alphabetical order, the survey turns out to be an unpredictable mix of photographs that were, like the news agenda itself, hot one day and forgotten the next. For many, the absence of expected searches may be surprising, but this could also indicate that the data we receive from the search engine is as biased and tailored as the results of the searches we perform.

2013
digital print, colour
29.7 x 21 cm, 32 pages
softcover, saddle-stichted
100 copies
10 €
available in the shop
digital version available from Visual Maniac

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Menschen des 20. Jahrhunderts

Posted in Books by JS on July 21, 2013

Menschen des 20. Jahrhunderts 1

The photographic project Menschen des 20. Jahrhunderts (People of the Twentieth Century) began as an experiment to see if there was any logic behind which newsworthy photographs make it to the front covers of newspapers, and how this may correspond with the diversity of photographs of the respective event. Created between August 1985 and March 1987, the final collection consists of fifteen booklets, each containing repetitive images of a particular person that, for some reason or another has made it onto the front covers of German newspapers.
The criterion for selecting the images was rigid; the photographs were only to be taken from a pre-chosen list of twenty German newspapers that were available in West-Berlin at the time; at least 50% of those newspapers had to feature the same person on their front cover for images to be selected.
Each newspaper has its own particular page in each booklet of compiled photographs. If one of the chosen newspapers did not publish an image of the respective person on its front cover, its respective page in the booklet is left blank.
The resulting booklets contain images that have been removed from their original context and presented without their relevant news stories. All photographs are (re-)printed in original size. Although some persons depicted are well-known, it is still the title of each book that gives the images some grounding. These include: The Civil Servant, The Physicist, The Artist, The Astronaut, The Goal Keeper, The Tennis Player, The Professor, The Princess, The Terrorist, The Actor, The Diplomat, The Writer, The Dissident, The Chancellor, and The Party Leader.

2013
digital print, colour
16 booklets, 29.7 x 21 cm, 24 pages each
softcover in box (32 x 24 x 4 cm)
25 copies
120 €
available in the shop

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Ohne Worte

Posted in Books by JS on July 21, 2013

Ohne Worte 1

Dieses Büchlein versammelt zwanzig Bildwitze über Kunst und Künstler, die ich vor Jahren zusammengetragen und aufgehoben habe, obwohl oder weil ihre Pointen so absehbar, redundant und dämlich sind, dass sich jedes weitere Wort über sie erübrigt.

2013
digital print, b/w
14.8 x 10.5 cm, 24 pages
softcover, saddle-stitched
50 copies

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Found on Flickr

Posted in Books by JS on July 21, 2013

Found on Flickr 1

This book is the printed version of a weblog published from August 2008 through December 2009 when I explored the realm of the photo hosting site Flickr while working on the project Other People’s Photographs. The book includes photos found on Flickr, observations, comments, and questions that emerged in the process. It can be read as a casual journal that provides an insight into the making of the project.

2013
print on demand, b/w
21.5 x 14 cm, 272 pages
softcover, perfect bound
open edition
14 €
available in the shop

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Steuerfreie Einkünfte

Posted in Books by JS on July 21, 2013

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Steuerfreie Einkünfte (tax-free income) is a new work that grew directly out of the long-time project Bilder von der Straße. Looking out for abandonded photographs in the streets, it was inevitable that I found other things too, such as money. Usually, this would be in the form of small coins but occasionally, I would find a banknote. For many years I simply picked all these up and put them in my wallet. In 2011, before the completion of Bilder von der Straße, I began to make annual inventories of the found money. These are published in book form.

2012 ongoing
print on demand, colour
20 x 13 cm each, variable number of pages
softcover, perfect bound
open editions
available in the shop

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Joachim Schmid e le fotografie degli altri

Posted in Catalogs by JS on July 21, 2013

Joachim Schmid e le fotografie degli altri

Published on the occasion of an exhibition at the Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea di Cinisello Balsamo, Milano, edited by Roberta Valtorta, with texts by Mark Durden, Joan Fontcuberta, Simone Menegoi, John S. Weber, Franco Vaccari

2012 by Johan & Levi Editore
offset, colour
24 x 17 cm, 88 pages
softcover, sewn
ISBN 978 88 6010 094 8

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Borrowed

Posted in Books by JS on July 21, 2013

Borrowed 1

Thirty-four Madonna Inn postcards in a book with a blue cover, entitled Borrowed. If you prefer books with red covers you may prefer Replicated. Both books are part of the ABCED project realized by the ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative in celebration of Ed Ruscha’s 75th birthday. ABCED was available from December 2012 until December 2013 only.

2012
print on demand, colour
20 x 13 cm, 40 pages
softcover, perfect bound
open edition
no longer available

Replicated

Posted in Books by JS on July 21, 2013

Replicated 1

Thirty-four Madonna Inn postcards in a book with a red cover, entitled Replicated. If you prefer books with blue covers you may prefer Borrowed. Both books are part of the ABCED project realized by the ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative in celebration of Ed Ruscha’s 75th birthday. ABCED was available from December 2012 until December 2013 only.

2012
print on demand, colour
20 x 13 cm, 40 pages
softcover, perfect bound
open edition
no longer available

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