Joachim Schmid


ABC Cards

ABC Cards
To celebrate the first anniversary, ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative launched a unique set of collectible trading cards printed by Topps, manufacturers of fine baseball cards since 1950. This limited-edition, must-have item features a stellar line-up of international artists. The set of 13 cards presents your favorite on-demand book artists along with up-to-date career stats, all held together with a simple belly band. Cards are printed on acid free, heavy weight card stock in full colour with high gloss lamination to ensure maximum durability. Printed at the international trading card standard size of 9 x 6.5 cm, these golden nuggets will fit snuggly in most trading card albums. Available for just 12 €.

Made in 2005 as a part of the Marks of Honour collection, this box contains one colour print, a text (in German) and a copy of Marshall McLuhan’s book The Medium Is the Massage (modern paperback edition, Gingko Press 2001). Limited edition of 5 numbered and signed copies. 250 €

Meisterwerke der Fotokunst – Ansel Adams

Meisterwerke der Fotokunst. Die Sammlung Fricke und Schmid
Masterpieces of Photography. The Fricke and Schmid Collection
Portfolio with twenty original reproductions of snapshots that resemble works by canonical artists and photographers. Published in 1989 on the occasion of photography’s anniversary (in collaboration with Adib Fricke).
20 matted photographs in a slipcase, 25.5 x 20.5 x 4.5 cm, edition of 20 + V copies, price on application


Artists’ books come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. I prefer the ones that are conceptually striking, not made for the sake of craft. Usually these are simple, small, and cheap. Often I wonder about the economy of artists’ books. We work and make and publish books in small editions, and then we sell them at reasonable prices. How does this work? This book explains in detail how artists make (or lose) money with self-published books. The book comes in two editions: the regular edition that is very affordable and a very limited edition that makes the money.
Limited edition of 4 copies with an original signed and stamped banknote (one copy for each of the currencies mentioned in the book: ¥, €, $, and £); slipcase with the book plus one altered banknote, 19 x 13 x 1 cm, 120 €