Photographs I did not make

I am not a photographer. Occasionally I do make photographs but most of the time I don’t. For one reason or the other I don’t make the photographs most people make, and I have not made many other photographs either. I do remember some of the photos I did not make and I can imagine many more I could have made. This book lists one thousand of these photographs I did not make.
digital print, b/w
12.5 x 19 cm, 108 pages
softcover, sewn
edition of 100 copies
24 €

On Photography

A playful, peripatetic, and eccentric rumination on humans, cameras, and photos, based on photographic and photo-related miscellanea collected over decades and organized in twenty-three chapters.
digital print, colour
14.8 x 10.5 cm, 152 pages
softcover, sewn
edition of 100 copies
20 €


What do a Marilyn Monroe poster, a fast food menu, a postcard rack, a hairdresser’s model collection, a Che Guevara portrait, and a lost cat poster have in common? Nothing, except that they are photographs displayed in public space that all ended up in my archive of photographs gathered from around the world over fifteen years. Removed from their original context and presented without any comment, these photographs of photographs turn out to be a miscellaneous reflection of popular obsessions, fantasies, and desires that become apparent in the everyday use of photography. The book is a twin of my Bilderbuch, maybe it’s my only real photo book.
digital print, colour
21 x 14.8 cm, 120 pages
softcover, perfect bound
100 copies
32 €

R. Flick Collection (2017)

The R. Flick Collection is a sequel of the 1989 project Meisterwerke der Fotokunst. The series of twenty photographs draws on the ever-expanding pool of a popular photo hosting site and focuses on unknown works by award-winning photographers posted on that site.
Photographs by Robert Adams, Bernd und Hilla Becher, Richard Billingham, Sophie Calle, Rineke Dijkstra, William Eggleston, Joan Fontcuberta, Lee Friedlander, Anna Gaskell, Jim Goldberg, David Goldblatt, Nan Goldin, Paul Graham, Andreas Gursky, Cindy Sherman, Joel Sternfeld, John Stezaker, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Jürgen Teller, Jeff Wall.
Twenty matted pigment ink prints (20 x 25 cm each) and a brochure with background information. Archival box, 22 x 27 x 6 cm, edition of 5 copies + 2 AP, numbered and signed.


A box containing rare and out-of-print books and ephemera including Erste allgemeine Altfotosammlung (1991) with a copy of the original flyer, Art Addicts Anonymous (1993), Bilder von der Straße (1994), Kunst gegen Essen (1996), Very Miscellaneous (1997), Sinterklaas ziet alles (1998), The Face in the Desert (1999), Alexander Honory. The Private Institute of Contemporary Family Photography / Joachim Schmid. The Institute for the Reprocessing of Used Photographs (2001), Traballos Fotográficos 1982–2002 (2002), A meeting on holiday (2004), Belo Horizonte, Praça Rui Barbosa (2004), Retratos decisivos (2005), Tausend Himmel (2007), the set of thirteen ABC Cards (2010), Illustriertes Tierleben (2010), a special, deliberately misprinted edition of The Coach House / An Inventory (2011), Ohne Worte (2013) plus a copy of Schmid Books, a comprehensive catalogue of all my publications since 1982.
33 x 25 x 11 cm
20 copies
480 €

Kunstgeschichte für alle

Das Pin-Up-Foto hat seinen angestammten Platz in der Boulevardpresse, doch ganz ohne Tarnung kommt es selten daher. Den nackt posierenden Frauen werden Geschichten angedichtet und erzieherische Worte in den Mund gelegt, wobei die Themen dieser kurzen Texte so beliebig wie austauschbar sind – gelegentlich taucht selbst Kunst in diesem Kontext auf. Kunstgeschichte für alle versammelt eine Reihe solch populärer Einführungen in die weite Welt der Kunst, deren auffälligstes Merkmal ist, dass die Porträts ihrer vermeintlichen Autorinnen im Vergleich zum gewohnten Bild der Kunsthistorikerin recht freizügig sind und mehr Raum einnehmen als die knappen Erläuterungen des jeweiligen Gegenstands. Hier reden keine Kunstgeschichtler über weibliche Akte, sondern Akte über Kunstgeschichte.
Die Zeitungsausschnitte stammen aus den 80er Jahren des 20. Jahrhunderts, der Buchentwurf von 1990.
digital print, colour
29.7 x 21 cm, 28 pages
softcover, saddle-stitched
100 copies

Lost Memories

In the age of digital photography, taking snapshots has become a reliably constant background sound of everyday life, in fact everywhere we turn there is somebody taking photographs. It has got to the point that we can’t imagine life without the possibility of a camera recording it. Losing a camera, and indeed these visual recordings of everyday activities is, for most people, an awfully emotional scenario to find oneself in. And it happens more often than we may think. Perhaps unsurprisingly a number of websites have been created as an antidote for this. Their purpose? To reunite people with their lost cameras and in turn, their lost photographs. 
Lost Memories documents some of these Internet messages, or pleas of people who are desperately seeking their lost cameras. Many of them are heart-wrenching distress calls that disclose the importance of photographs in modern life. The book is a compilation of such desperate attempts to retrieve personal lost treasures. Every cry for help evokes Bruce Chatwin’s observation that “to lose a passport was the least of one’s worries; to lose a notebook was a catastrophe.”
2012 (the 2010 Blurb edition is discontinued)
print on demand, b/w
17.5 x 11 cm, 80 pages
softcover, perfect bound
open edition
12 €

Das Bild des Fotografen

Collected photographs of people taking photographs.
1988 by Edition Fricke & Schmid
photocopy, b/w
21 x 14.8 cm, 72 pages
100 copies
ISBN 3 927365 05 X


1a Fotos und andere Merkwürdigkeiten aus der Sammlung Joachim Schmid
1988 Edition Fricke & Schmid
paperbag with miscellaneous photographs
19 x 15 cm
15 copies, numbered


A magazine about photography
1982–1987, 24 issues
photocopy, b/w
29.7 x 21 cm, 20–60 pages
100–800 copies

Fotokritik Nr. 1—8
photocopy, b/w
29.7 x 21 cm, 160 pages
limited edition of 50 copies, numbered and signed

Fotokritik Nr. 24
photocopy, b/w + colour
29.7 x 21 cm, 28 pages
with a 12 x 9 cm b/w print
limited edition of 50 copies

Netzerscheinungen (2006–2007)

Three multi-channel digital photo installations that are based on imagery found on the internet:
Menschen und Dinge (People and Things), 2006, 57 min. loop
Orte und Zeichen (Places and Signs), 2007, 46 min. loop
Waren und Träume (Commodities and Dreams), 2007, 52 min. loop
A three volume catalogue is available in the series of white books.

^ Menschen und Dinge. 853 Bilder für das 21. Jahrhundert at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco 2007

Waren und Träume (2007)

Waren und Träume. 781 Bilder für das 21. Jahrhundert
(Commodities and Dreams. 781 Pictures for the 21st Century)
Multichannel digital photo installation, 52 min. loop

Orte und Zeichen (2007)

Orte und Zeichen. 629 Bilder für das 21. Jahrhundert
(Places and Signs. 629 Pictures for the 21st Century)
Multichannel digital photo installation, 46 min. loop

Meisterwerke der Fotokunst (1989)

Meisterwerke der Fotokunst. Die Sammlung Fricke und Schmid. Zwanzig Originalreproduktionen unbekannter Werke bekannter Fotografen
Masterpieces of Photography. The Fricke and Schmid Collection. Twenty original reproductions of unknown works by well-known photographers
This collectors’ edition is an ironic comment on the accidential nature of photography. It consists of twenty “original reproductions” of anonymous photographs that were selected from a vast collection of fleamarket snapshots because of their striking resemblance to the works of well-known photographers. The photos’ titles and dates match the respective photographers’ œuvre. A short introduction attributed to photo historian Helmut Gernsheim corroborates the standing of the collection. The work was launched on the occasion of photography’s 150th anniversary (collaboration with Adib Fricke).
Photographs by Adolphe de Meyer, Edward Steichen, E.J. Bellocq, Hannah Höch, Eugène Atget, August Sander, Berenice Abbot, Man Ray, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, René Magritte, Ralph Gibson, Robert Frank, Ansel Adams, Gisèle Freund, Harry Callahan, David Hockney, Duane Michals, William Wegman, Helmut Newton, Cindy Sherman.
Twenty matted photographs in a slipcase, 25.5 x 20.5 x 4.5 cm, edition of 20 + V copies