Archivo Papers

A selection of panels from my Picture Library project were published in the recent issue of Archivo Papers – Journal for Photography and Visual Culture edited by Paula Ribeiro Lobo (Volume 2, Issue 2, 2022). You can view it as a pdf here.

Bologna Exhibition Update

The ongoing exhibition at P420 was prolongated for another month until April 10th.
Mre reviews were published recently, “Riflettere sulle immagini. Le fotografie di Joachim Schmid a Bologna” by Giulia De Sanctis in Artribune, “Schmid rende arte la fotografia: la sua mostra a Bologna” by Paola Naldi in la Repubblica, and “Nessuna nuova fotografia, finché tutte quelle esistenti non siano state utilizzate” by Bruna Giordano on exibart.

Article in esse

Julie-Ann Latulippe discusses my work Bilder von der Straße in her article “Par-delà les images : quand la matérialité photographique éclipse la représentation / Beyond the Image: When the Materiality of the Photograph Eclipses Representation”, published recently in esse magazine #101: Nouveaux matérialismes / New Materialisms.

E-Book on

Mireille Ribière discusses my E-Book in a paper presented at a conference in Mexico City in May last year. Her text “Georges Perec et les arts plastiques. Détournement et fidélité : E-book de Joachim Schmid” is now available for download on

Testing humanism

Mark Durden discusses my book L.A. Women in his essay “Testing humanism: the transactions of contemporary documentary photography”, published recently in The Routledge Companion to Photography Theory.

Article and Interview in Hestetika

Erika Lacava’s article “Senza macchina fotografica” as well as an interview she made with me were recently published in Hestetika magazine no. 31, October 2018 (in Italian).

Article in Photographies Magazine

An eighteen-page article by Susana Martins, “Photography as Anti-Museum? Conflicting museological concepts in the work of Joachim Schmid” was published in Photographies magazine volume 7, issue 2, 2014.

Article in Aperture Magazine

My project Other People’s Photographs is discussed in a four page article by Geoffrey Batchen, Observing by Watching: Joachim Schmid and the Art of Exchange published in the Spring issue of Aperture magazine (# 210).

Article in Dossier

A six page article featuring my work, El arribo del arte contemporáneo a la fotografía by Natalie de León was published in the July/August issue of Dossier magazine, Montevideo.

ABC Interview

ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative is a network of bookmakers founded in 2009. We are a group of artists making print-on-demand books, we know of and are curious about each others’ work but many of us never met personally. In order to learn more about our individual practices we decided to make a series of interviews with each other. In the first of these conversations, Ljubljana-based artist Tanja Lažetić corresponded with Berlin-based Joachim Schmid over the course of several weeks in December 2011: Attitudes and Approaches is online now.

Article in Art on Paper

An eight-page article “Books, Photographs, and Personal Histories. Susan Meiselas and Joachim Schmid in conversation with Geoffrey Batchen” was published in the January/February 2009 issue of Art on Paper (Vol.13, No.3).

Article in Art on Paper

A two-page article The Accidental Predator. Joachim Schmid makes art from other people’s photographs by Sarah Andress was published in the November/December 2007 issue of Art on Paper (Vol.12, No.2).

Article in Mousse

Simone Menegoi’s four-page article I am not a photographer was published in Mousse contemporary art magazine (issue 10, Milano, September 2007). PDF available on the magazine’s website.

Interview on Dazed Digital

Inside Art: Joachim Schmid now on Dazed Digital
“At last, a retrospective for the German photographer whose career started as a freelance critic. In 1982, he found his first photograph that would begin a twenty-five year ongoing series called Bilder von der Straße (Pictures from the Street). Unfortunately it is not to be seen in its entirety (there are still 900 images), but there is a nice addition to the series, as the last image was found on the street outside The Photographers’ Gallery just days before the show opened. Collected in many cities from Berlin, Padua, Luxor to Edinburgh, these discarded ‘pictorial histories’ become an intriguing glimpse into the lives of strangers.
To accommodate his vast demand for images, in 1990 he set up The Institute for the Reprocessing of Used Photographs. People were asked to send in their unwanted photographs that have become an endless source for his work; there are unknown Brazilian faces in Belo Horizonte, Praça Rio Branco and morphed portraits from a Bavarian Studio Photographer in Photogenetic Drafts. But don’t confuse Schmid for an anthropologist or scientist as he vehemently wants nothing to do with such labels, he is merely someone who likes doing things! Be sure not to miss the sound photographs Tausend Himmel (Thousand Skies or Thousand Heavens), an extremely personal exploration also a move into the inevitable field of the digital era.”
Interview by Freire Barnes, filming and editing by Roland de Villiers, produced by Rod Stanley