The photographic project Menschen des 20. Jahrhunderts (People of the Twentieth Century) began as an experiment to see if there was any logic behind which newsworthy photographs make it to the front covers of newspapers, and how this may correspond with the diversity of photographs of the respective event. Created between August 1985 and March 1987, the final collection consists of fifteen booklets, each containing repetitive images of a particular person that, for some reason or another has made it onto the front covers of German newspapers.
The criterion for selecting the images was rigid; the photographs were only to be taken from a pre-chosen list of twenty German newspapers that were available in West-Berlin at the time; at least 50% of those newspapers had to feature the same person on their front cover for images to be selected.
Each newspaper has its own particular page in each booklet of compiled photographs. If one of the chosen newspapers did not publish an image of the respective person on its front cover, its respective page in the booklet is left blank.
The resulting booklets contain images that have been removed from their original context and presented without their relevant news stories. All photographs are (re-)printed in original size. Although some persons depicted are well-known, it is still the title of each book that gives the images some grounding. These include: The Civil Servant, The Physicist, The Artist, The Astronaut, The Goal Keeper, The Tennis Player, The Professor, The Princess, The Terrorist, The Actor, The Diplomat, The Writer, The Dissident, The Chancellor, and The Party Leader.
Sixteen A4 booklets in a box, 24 pages each, digital offset print, 96 € (subscription price for orders received before May 15th). The edition will not be numbered but if you wish I’ll sign your copy.
Artists: Hans-Peter Feldmann, Peter Piller, Joachim Schmid, Alessandra Spranzi, Franco Vaccari
Curated by Simone Menegoi
P420 Arte Contemporanea, Bologna
Exhibition: May 4th — July 13, 2013
Opening: May 4th at 6 pm
The gallery published a catalogue on the occasion of this exhibition:
Lumpenfotografie. Per una fotografia senza vanagloria
Text in Italian and English by Simone Menegoi
24 x 16 cm, 72 pages, ISBN 978 88 98476 00 8
Enrichissements de la collection 2011-12 – images / images of images / no images
Artists: Jean-Marc Berguel, Alain Bernardini, Christian Boltanski, Ernst Caramelle, Philippe Clerc, Céline Duval, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Rinata Kajumova & Achim Riecher, Sharon Kivland, Sol LeWitt, John McDowall, Roberto Martinez, Maurizio Nannucci, Hubert Renard, Edward Ruscha & Lawrence Weiner, Joachim Schmid, Andreas Schmidt, Erik Steinbrecher, Taroop & Glabel, Endre Tót, Jan Dirk van der Burg, Éric Watier
Centre des livres d’artistes
Exhibition: 16 March – 29 June, 2013
Opening: March 16th, 6 pm
Ed Ruscha. Books & Co.
Ed Ruscha’s work has profoundly influenced countless modern artists, but his artist books — such as Twentysix Gasoline Stations, Every Building on the Sunset Strip, Thirtyfour Parking Lots in Los Angeles, and A Few Palm Trees — offer a unique opportunity to trace that influence directly to the near and far corners of the modern art world. For decades, a broad spectrum of artists have produced their own small books revisiting, rebelling against, and responding to the American painter and photographer’s idiosyncratic collections.
Now, Ruscha’s artist books and the fascinatingly kindred works they inspired are the focus of a new exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery and a book — Various Small Books: Referencing Various Small Books by Ed Ruscha from MIT Press — both of which showcase Ruscha’s materials alongside the numerous books they influenced, including my book Twentysix Gasoline Stations, Every Building on the Sunset Strip, Thirtyfour Parking Lots, Nine Swimming Pools, A Few Palm Trees, No Small Fires as well as the Artists’ Books Cooperative’s collective project ABCED.
Exhibition: March 5 – April 27, 2013
Gagosian Gallery, Madison Avenue, New York
Obra-colección. El artista como coleccionista
Artists: Ève Cadieux, Emilio Chapela Pérez, Hans Eijkelboom, Erik Kessels, Martin Parr, Jean-Gabriel Périot, Joachim Schmid, Richard Simpkin, Eric Tabuchi, Penelope Umbrico
Curated by Joan Fontcuberta
Fundación Foto Colectania
Exhibition: 21 February – 25 May, 2013
Opening: February 20th, 7 pm
The exhibition From Here On, originally shown at Les Rencontres d’Arles in 2011, curated by Clément Chéroux, Joan Foncuberta, Erik Kessels, Martin Parr, and Joachim Schmid will open simultaneously at Arts Santa Mònica.
Exhibition: 21 February – 13 April, 2013
Opening: February 21st, 8 pm
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).
The Düsseldorf Photobook Salon brings together 30 publishers and photobook sellers during the Düsseldorf Photo Weekend. The Photobook Salon, curated by Jeff Ladd and Stefanie Armbruster will consist of a book marketplace, book signings, book launches, lectures, and an exhibition of books by the American photographer Stephen Shore.
1–3 February 2013, NRW-Forum Düsseldorf
You’ll find my books at the stand of ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative.