Joachim Schmid

What do Elizabeth Taylor, a bicycle seat, Carlos the Jackal, a lobster, Silvio Berlusconi and a toilet brush have in common? Nothing, except that their photographs all ended up in my archive of scanned printed matter gathered from around the world over four decades. Removed from their original news context and presented without any comment, this apparent random, unrelated series of images turns out to be a miscellaneous reflection of popular obsessions, fears and fantasies.

Self published
23×16 cm, 120 pp, digital offset, thread-stitching, 2012
Edition of 250
24 €

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Joachim Schmid is a Berlin based artist who has been working with found photographs since the early 1980s. His work has been exhibited internationally and is included in numerous collections. In 2007 Photoworks and Steidl published a comprehensive monograph “Joachim Schmid Photoworks 1982–2007″ on the occasion of his first retrospective exhibition. In 2009 he founded ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative. In 2012 Johan Levi Editore published the book Joachim Schmid e le fotografie degli altri (Joachim Schmid and Other People’s Photographs) on the occasion of an exhibition at Museo di fotografia contemporanea in Milan.