SCHMID~Joachim. Photoworks 1982 – 2007 #*


Author: Williams, Joan Fontcuberta, Stephen Bull and Frits Gierstberg, John Weber~Val
Publisher: Steidl Publishers, G?ɬ?ttingen.
Year: 2007
Artist: SCHMID~Joachim
ISBN: 3-86521-394-5

Joachim Schmid Photoworks 1982-2007#*

First Edition. Illustrated, 269 x 220 mm. 288 pages, througout illustrated in full colour and B&W. Text in English.

Clothbound hardcover with dust jacket.

Joachim Schmid began his career in the early 1980s as a freelance critic and the publisher of Fotokritik, an iconoclastic and original contribution to West German photography. In the pages of Fotokritik and in his regular articles and lectures for other venues, Schmid argued articulately and at times vehemently against prevailing, predominantly conservative notions of ???art photography??? and in favour of a broad, encompassing critique of photography as a form of cultural practice. After ceasing publication of Fotokritik in 1987, Schmid focused on his own art production, based primarily on found photography and public image sources. Living near one of the largest flea markets in Berlin, he had already amassed a rich, deep, and varied collection of vernacular photography which formed the raw material for many of the works included in this publication.

Schmid???s use of extended series reflects his concern with photography as an encompassing, culturally dispersed and ubiquitous social and aesthetic discourse that runs throughout the public and private spheres of modern life. Yet the fundamental richness of Schmid???s photographic raw material ??? along with the sardonic wit he so often displays ??? derails any attempt to read his work as pure anthropology or social science. His artistic preoccupations reflect a close observation of photographic history and a fascination with photographic images themselves in all their alternately bizarre and conventionalized aspects.Kunst gegen Essen.Kunst Gegen Essen, published by Edition Fricke & Schmid in 1996 is one of the more curious and experimental in that it is a book of layout diagrams printed on each page but the photos are all enclosed in a glassine envelope at the back of the book. Like old stamp collector books, the images need to be matched to their corresponding page.

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