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Artist's Books by Joachim Schmid
Are you searching for me? By Joachim Schmid
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There are many Joachim Schmids. Some play a role in public life, others don’t. People who wish to learn what we do or what we did, what we wrote or what we said, begin by searching the... More > internet. It’s all there: names, dates, pictures and the rest. Thanks to the search engine the world has become transparent and there are no more secrets. Or so we think. If it’s me you’re looking for, most of the information you’ll find is false.< Less
Vierzig Jahre By Joachim Schmid
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Seit vierzig Jahren sammle ich Fotografien. Einige davon verwende ich in meinen Arbeiten. Viele sortiere ich nach einiger Zeit wieder aus. Manche habe ich aufbewahrt, obwohl ich keine Verwendung... More > für sie hatte. Die neunzehn Porträts in diesem Büchlein sind die ersten Bilder in meiner Sammlung. Sie überlebten vierzig Jahre Betrachten und Aussortieren. Es wird einen Grund dafür geben. * * * 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.< Less
Found on Flickr By Joachim Schmid
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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... More > 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.< Less
Cool Pictures, Cool Stuff By Joachim Schmid
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The internet is flooded with billions of photographs, many of which are hosted on photo sharing websites like Flickr. With millions more added every day, we often wonder why people decide to take... More > these pictures, why they save them, why they put them on public display. Studying the captions and descriptions of these photographs we see a variety of reasons for their existence. One of them is simple, striking and apparently quite popular: “I thought it looked cool.” There is an incredible number of photographs on Fickr that people have taken because they thought something looked ‘cool’. 
The book consists of 116 images based on various perceptions of what people consider to be ‘cool’. Each picture is accompanied by the photographer’s original caption. The resulting collection of images is very revealing and often hilarious.< Less
When Boredom Strikes By Joachim Schmid
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The internet is flooded with billions of photographs, many of which are hosted on photo sharing websites like Flickr. With millions more added every day, we often wonder why people decide to take... More > these pictures, why they save them, why they put them on public display. Studying the captions and descriptions of these photographs we see a variety of reasons for their existence. One of them is simple, striking and apparently quite popular: boredom. There is an incredible number of photographs on Fickr that people have taken just because they’ve been bored. 
The book assembles 156 photographs made on account of boredom. Each picture is accompanied by the photographer’s original caption. In stark contrast to the title this book isn’t boring at all, but very revealing and often hilarious.< Less
The Missing Pictures By Joachim Schmid
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Between 2006 to 2008 I completed a series of works based on imagery found on the Internet. These works are a continuation from the Archiv project, altered to suit the circumstances of modern... More > technologies. Digital photography, Internet, and photo sharing sites have created a new visual environment and new forms of producing, distributing and using photographs. Digital multichannel photo installations were my response to this new situation, researching the realm of online photography for recurring motifs and patterns. A small selection of photographs incorporated into these works have been presented on my website. Since receiving several complaints by photographers who found their images on my site I have replaced the images with placeholders denoting a removed or missing image. The book contains the complete set of these icons indicating that something went wrong with a photograph. It goes without saying that these were found on the Internet as well, just like the photographs they replace.< Less
Quick Response By Joachim Schmid
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Quick Response is a hands-on introduction into the realm of QR code applications and demonstrates a way in which two dimensional bar codes can be used to view images. People have to... More > “read” this book by taking photos of each page using a cameraphone. The phone’s QR code reader will then decode the abstract image to reveal that each image is an encoded URL for a photograph hosted on Flickr. The series of photos demonstrates the variety of modern commercial, artistic and subversive QR code applications. In addition, the book demonstrates a new way of appropriating other people’s photographs.< Less
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Photography By Joachim Schmid
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The internet is flooded with billions of photographs, many of which are hosted on photo sharing websites like Flickr. With millions more added every day, we often wonder why people decide to take... More > these pictures, why they save them, why they put them on public display. You'll find answers to all these questions in this book.< Less
Awesome Errors, Dreadful Glitches By Joachim Schmid
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The internet is flooded with billions of photographs, many of which are hosted on photo sharing websites like Flickr. With millions more added every day, we often wonder why people decide to take... More > these pictures, why they save them, why they put them on public display. Awesome Errors, Dreadful Glitches is about the photographic errors, mistakes, glitches, and malfunctions that so many find fascinating. Contrary to popular belief, people do not simply delete pictures when they go wrong, they often develop an affection and curiosity for them, uploading them to photo sharing sites in huge numbers and helping create an apparently booming sub-genre of photography.< Less
But Is It Art? By Joachim Schmid
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The internet is flooded with billions of photographs, many of which are hosted on photo sharing sites like Flickr. With millions more added every day, we often wonder why people decide to take these... More > pictures, why they save them, why they put them on public display. Studying the captions and descriptions of these photographs we see a variety of reasons for their existence. “But is it Art?” is a new addition to my series of black books exploring the realm of online photo hosting sites. The book contains images that are screenshots, specifically from the website Flickr. Each image shows people’s attempts at creating photography “after”, “based on”, “in the style of” or “inspired by” well-known artists, to varying degrees of success. As individual attempts these samples may be charming, hilarious or bold (and sometimes embarrassing), as a group they raise more interesting questions of originality and authorship.< Less