Joachim Schmid

New Books

Posted in Publications by JS on August 1, 2010

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.”
21 × 13 cm, 80 pages.

Other People’s Photographs
There are also five new books in the Other People’s Photographs series: Gender, Interaction, Mugshots, News, and The Other Picture. Interested parties find photographs of the books and of sample pages in my Flickr photostream.
18 x 18 cm, hardcover, 36 pages each. These books are numbered and signed and they are obtainable only through this website.