Artist's Books by Joachim Schmid

Vom Gehen

Posted in Books by JS on January 12, 2017

vom-gehen

In late autumn 1974, Werner Herzog walked from Munich to Paris. In the logbook of his journey he mentioned the village I grew up in and that I had left a few months before he passed through it. His three words in Vom Gehen im Eis / Of Walking in Ice are possibly the only literary mention of the village. Forty-two years later I repeated one leg of Werner Herzog’s walk, from Burgfelden to Dotternhausen. Just like him, I passed through the village I grew up in without stopping. Vom Gehen is my report of the walk.

2017
digital print, b/w
14.8 x 10.5 cm, 72 pages
softcover, perfect bound
100 copies
16 €

available in the shop

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E-Book

Posted in Books by JS on February 1, 2016

E-Book

E is the most commonly used letter in many languages including Dutch, English, French, and German. Writing a few sentences without an E is difficult, and writing an entire book without one single E seems impossible. With La Disparition, Georges Perec did exactly that. E-Book is its counterpart with E being the only letter that shows up on its pages. The book’s layout is based on a letter written to Elisabeth Tonnard. The words of the letter remain invisible but every E is included in the form of a photograph.
The various Ees were photographed between January and October 2015 in Amsterdam, Berlin, Weimar, Florence, Venice, Leerdam, Middelburg, New York, Ravenna, ’s-Hertogenbosch, and Rotterdam.
E-Book is printed on paper, a digital version is not available.

2016
digital print, b/w
21 x 14.8 cm, 120 pages
softcover with stamped dust jacket, sewn
100 copies
24 €
available in the shop

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Viaggio in Italia

Posted in Books by JS on September 24, 2015

Viaggio in Italia

A notional journey through Italy based on maps, memory, and postcards.
2015 by P420 Arte Contemporanea, Bologna
digital print, colour
23.5 x 16.5 cm, 68 pages
softcover, sewn
200 copies
ISBN 978-88-98476-07-7
20 copies with an enclosed postcard, numbered and signed

Souvenirs

Posted in Books by JS on January 2, 2015

Souvenirs

Thirty-two photographs of spoons that I collected over twenty-five years of traveling (1983–2008).
This book was first published in 2010. The second edition is colour instead of black and white and re-designed in a different format.

second edition 2015
digital print, colour
14.8 x 10.5 cm, 72 pages
softcover, sewn
100 copies
12 €
available in the shop

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Around the World in Eighty Minutes

Posted in Books by JS on January 2, 2015

Around the World

A World Expo may have made sense a century ago but since the invention of television the idea seems obsolete. In Shanghai, China, the basic premise is to wait in lines; incredibly long lines. Occasionally, a speaker system announces three hours waiting time for this pavilion, seven hours here, five hours there. Queuing for hours to visit something I never wanted to see is not my idea of fun. Yet here I am, with a group of students I’m obliged to accompany, watching our tour guide hand out hats to make sure we look as ridiculous as every other tour group. Fortunately, it isn’t long before I lose them but what do you do in a world exhibition filled with several hundred thousand Chinese? Over a cup of coffee I forge a plan: Around the World in Eighty Minutes.
The plan is to walk around the site without entering a single pavilion. In front of each pavilion, I take a self-portrait in the style of the modern tourist: camera at arm’s length with the attraction behind me. “I was there,” the picture says. So I don my hat and begin the journey, visiting about eighty countries and spending only a minute in each without even pausing to examine the pictures. I miss a country or two, but that’s to be expected when you travel in a rush.
This book was first published in 2011. The original print-on-demand edition is discontinued and replaced by this second edition.

second edition 2015
digital print, colour
14.8 x 10.5 cm, 180 pages
softcover, sewn
100 copies
out of print

Fifteen Minutes on Broadway

Posted in Books by JS on December 6, 2014

Fifteen Minutes

On September 29, 2014 I set up a surveillance camera on the sidewalk in front of the former home of Andy Warhol‘s factory on 33 West Union Square in Manhattan. The camera automatically took a photo every 30 seconds recording pedestrian traffic between 10:38 and 10:53 am. No celebrities were spotted during these fifteen minutes.

2014
digital print, b/w
14.8 x 10.5 cm, 72 pages
softcover, sewn
100 copies
12 €
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

Steuerfreie Einkünfte

Posted in Books by JS on July 21, 2013

Steuerfreie Einkünfte 1 Steuerfreie Einkünfte 3

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

This series of print-on-demand books is discontinued due to the provider’s insufficient service. An edition of annual reports will be available when the project is completed.

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Around the World in Eighty Minutes

Posted in Books by JS on July 21, 2013

Around the World... 1

A World Expo may have made sense a century ago but since the invention of television the idea seems obsolete. In Shanghai, China, the basic premise is to wait in lines; incredibly long lines. Occasionally, a speaker system announces three hours waiting time for this pavilion, seven hours here, five hours there. Queuing for hours to visit something I never wanted to see is not my idea of fun. Yet here I am, with a group of students I’m obliged to accompany, watching our tour guide hand out hats to make sure we look as ridiculous as every other tour group. Fortunately, it isn’t long before I lose them but what do you do in a world exhibition filled with several hundred thousand Chinese? Over a cup of coffee I forge a plan: Around the World in Eighty Minutes.
The plan is to walk around the site without entering a single pavilion. In front of each pavilion, I take a self-portrait in the style of the modern tourist: camera at arm’s length with the attraction behind me. “I was there,” the picture says. So I don my hat and begin the journey, visiting about eighty countries and spending only a minute in each without even pausing to examine the pictures. I miss a country or two, but that’s to be expected when you travel in a rush.

2011
print on demand, colour
20 x 13 cm, 178 pages
softcover, perfect bound
open edition (discontinued in 2015)

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Souvenirs

Posted in Books by JS on July 21, 2013

Souvenirs 1

Thirty-two photographs of spoons that I collected over twenty-five years of traveling (1983–2008).

2010
digital print, b/w
9.5 x 13 cm, 40 pages
softcover, perfect bound
50 copies
out of print

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Joachim Schmid Is Martin Parr · Martin Parr Is Joachim Schmid

Posted in Books by JS on July 21, 2013

JS Is MP 1

In September 2009 Martin Parr sent me his VIP pass to the Berlin Art Forum, that he had recently received and knew full well, he would be unable to attend. I saw this as an opportunity to visit the fair and take photos in the spirit of Martin Parr. I was to be Martin Parr for the 23rd September. For those that know anything about my work, this must be a surprise, as my career in the art world is based entirely on orchestrating other people’s photographs.
I then invited Martin to be Joachim Schmid, and he decided to trawl through the “Martin Parr, We Love You” group on Flickr. This was established a few years ago as a forum for photographers who had been seemingly influenced by his photographic language. So in the spirit of Joachim Schmid, Martin looked for the most “Parr-like” images. The resulting two sets of images are what you will find on the pages of Joachim Schmid is Martin Parr · Martin Parr is Joachim Schmid.

2009
print on demand, colour
18 x 18 cm, 40 pages
softcover / hardcover with dust jacket
open edition
24 / 30 €
available in the shop

Tausend Himmel

Posted in Books by JS on July 21, 2013

Joachim Schmid, Tausend Himmel

The pictures in Tausend Himmel (Thousand Skies or Thousand Heavens) are a small selection from a vast collection. At first glance they appear to be photographs of clouds, of the sky, and of helicopters. In fact, they are photographs of sounds – the sounds of helicopters. I took them to help me deal with a hearing condition called hyperacusis. After more than a year and two thousand photographs later, I had nearly stopped noticing why I started taking them. I guess, in this way, the exercise could be considered a complete success.
The book was published to co-incide with a presentation of Tausend Himmel, a multi-channel digital photo installation, as part of the exhibition Joachim Schmid. Selected Photoworks 1982–2007 at The Photographers’ Gallery.

2007 by Photographers’ Gallery, London
offset, colour
10.5 x 14 cm, 64 pages
softcover, perfect bound
1,000 copies
ISBN 9780907879794
out of print

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