Artist's Books by Joachim Schmid

History Lessons

Posted in Books by JS on February 8, 2015

History Lessons

Forty-four postcards depicting moments of US history as represented in monuments, replica buildings, wax museums, or reenactment shows, covering four centuries from the arrival of the first European settlers to the collapse of World Trade Center.

2015
digital print, colour
21 x 14.8 cm, 96 pages
softcover, sewn
100 copies
20 €
available in the shop

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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

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
second edition 2014: 100 copies
14 €
available in the shop
digital version available from Visual Maniac

Vierzig Jahre

Posted in Books by JS on July 21, 2013

Vierzig Jahre 1

I have been collecting photographs for forty years. Some ended up in my works, others were discarded, and the rest I preserved in my collection despite not knowing what to do with them. The earliest of these survivors is a series of nineteen portraits reproduced in this book – portraits that have endured four continuous decades of sifting, disposal and preservation. There must be a reason for this.

2011
print on demand, colour
20 x 13 cm, 40 pages
softcover, perfect bound
open edition
8 €
available in the shop

Retratos decisivos

Posted in Ephemera by JS on July 21, 2013

Joachim Schmid, Retratos decisivos

Portraits of black American soldiers taken in the south of England in April and May 1944. Published by Photo España on the occasion of an installation in the Nuevos Ministerios station, the booklet was distributed for free to clients of the Madrid metro.

2005 by Photo España
offset, b/w
24 x 17 cm, 16 pages
softcover
10,000 copies
digital version available from Visual Maniac

The Face in the Desert

Posted in Ephemera by JS on July 21, 2013

The Face in the Desert 1

Published by the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television on the occasion of an installation in Bradford city centre, the paper was distributed for free to visitors of the museum.

1999 by National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford
offset, colour
37 x 30 cm, 52 pages
10,000 copies
out of print

The Face in the Desert

Posted in Catalogs etc. by JS on July 21, 2013

The Face in the Desert 4

Portraits and Stories from the Daily Herald Archive. Education notes written by Jo Booth.

1999 by National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford
offset, b/w
29.7 x 21 cm, 24 pages
softcover, saddle-stitched
out of print

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Very Miscellaneous

Posted in Books by JS on July 21, 2013

Very Miscellaneous 1

A possible history of country life in Sussex from the 1920 to the 1960s constructed of portraits found in the George Garland archive combined with fragments of news stories photographed from local newspapers of the era.

1997 by Photoworks, Maidstone
offset, b/w
16 x 10 cm, 48 pages
softcover
1,000 copies
ISBN 0 9517427 2 8
few copies available, price on request

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