Books A–Z

A meeting on holiday
A postcard book with 48 perforated cards based on imagery provided by international holiday resort operators. The book takes you to Postcardland where happy couples gather under a perfectly blue sky and enjoy the beach, the pool, a cocktail, a dinner, a sunset, and a hotel room.
Published in 2004 in collaboration with KesselsKramer and NEROC'VGM in Amsterdam.
Offset, softcover, perfect bound, 21 x 14.8 cm, 56 pages, 24 €

Are you searching for me?
There are many Joachim Schmids. Some play a role in public life, others don't. People who wish to learn what we do or what we did, what we wrote or what we said, begin by searching the internet. It's all there: names, dates, pictures and the rest. Thanks to the search engine the world has become transparent and there are no more secrets. Or so we think. If it's me you're looking for, most of the information you'll find is false.
2012, 2015
Digital print, softcover, sewn, 14.8 x 10.5 cm, 48 pages, b/w, 10 €

Bilderbuch 2.0
Bilderbuch draws on an extensive archive of photographs taken from newspapers, magazines, books etc. that I have been gathering over more than 40 years. A selection from this ongoing collection of printed matter, removed from the original context and presented without any comment, was first published in book form in 2012. Bilderbuch 2.0 is an expanded remix of the book's first edition.
Digital print, softcover, perfect bound, 21 x 14.8 cm, 144 pages, colour, 32 €

Fifteen Minutes on Broadway
On September 29, 2014 I set up a surveillance camera on the sidewalk in front of the former home of Andy Warhol‘s factory on 33 West Union Square in Manhattan. The camera automatically took a photo every 30 seconds recording pedestrian traffic between 10:38 and 10:53 am. No celebrities were spotted during these fifteen minutes.
Digital print, softcover, sewn, 14.8 x 10.5 cm, 72 pages, b/w, 12 €

E is the most commonly used letter in many languages including Dutch, English, French, and German. Writing a few sentences without an E is difficult, and writing an entire book without one single E seems impossible. With La Disparition, Georges Perec did exactly that. E-Book is its counterpart with E being the only letter that shows up on its pages. The book's layout is based on a letter written to Elisabeth Tonnard. The words of the letter remain invisible but every E is included in the form of a photograph.
The various Ees were photographed between January and October 2015 in Amsterdam, Berlin, Weimar, Florence, Venice, Leerdam, Middelburg, New York, Ravenna, ’s-Hertogenbosch, and Rotterdam.
Digital print, softcover, sewn, 21 x 14.8 cm, 120 pages, 24 €

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 Fotobuch.
Digital print, softcover, perfect bound, 21 x 14.8 cm, 120 pages, colour, 30 €

Ikea Sucks
Ikea sucks. In my opinion they owe me money. They don't agree. In order to recuperate the disputed amount I made this book. The prices of all items bought at Ikea are listed in the book. The revenue from sales of the complete edition equals the total of my purchase. All materials used for the production of the book were involuntarily supplied by Ikea. The book's pages are Ikea note sheets, the cover is made of Ikea wrapping paper and cardboard, the typographic elements and photos are taken from the Ikea catalog. The twenty-five copies of the book are numbered and signed using an Ikea pencil which is attached to each copy. Everything is kept neat and flat and in place by a belly band made of an Ikea measuring tape. Ikea is a registered trademark of Inter IKEA Systems B.V.
Handmade book, hardcover, perfect bound, 22 x 10.5 cm, 36 pages, 49 €

Illustriertes Tierleben
Illustriertes Tierleben – Eine allgemeine Kunde des Tierreichs is a collection of images taken from a daily Berlin newspaper, all of which come from the animal related “human interest” articles that run in the “miscellaneous news” section of the paper. The pictures and relating stories illustrate the relationship between modern humans and fauna. The book includes a selection of 45 photographs, its title refers to Alfred Brehm’s famous Tierleben (Life of Animals), first published in 1863. Digitally printed in China in an edition of 100 copies.
Digital print, softcover, 21 x 14.8 cm, 48 pages, colour, stapled, 12 €

Kunst gegen Essen
A concise reflection on art, economy, and food, published on the occasion of an exhibition which was held in an Italian restaurant in Berlin and for which I received payment in food and wine. Nine colour reproductions of panels from Archiv in an envelope are included.
Offset, softcover, 21 x 14.8 cm, 16 pages, b/w, stapled, 8 €

Lambe Lambe
Three series of portraits, based on street photographers' discarded negatives found in the streets of Belo Horizonte between 1992 and 2002; published by Editorial RM, Barcelona and Mexico City in 2014.
The portraits in this book were made by anonymous “lambe-lambe” photographers in the streets of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and were not intended to be seen by a larger audience. Their initial function was for private clients who were in need of portraits for various administrative purposes. The photographers had the habit of discarding their negatives in the streets where I collected this treasure. The photographers worked with extremely simple equipment and they processed film and paper quickly disregarding any archival considerations. Despite or maybe even because of the seemingly artless process the images are striking and powerful. As a group they form a randomly composed collective portrait of the population of a city, and they are documents of an era gone by, replaced by the clean process of digital photography that does not leave any trash in the street.
Offset, softcover, sewn, 18.5 x 13 cm, 120 pages, colour, 28 €

One Day in May
Every time we learn about another gun rampage in the US, people ask the same questions – why did someone kill so many people, what went wrong with that person? In May, 2014 another one of these killling sprees occurred in Santa Barbara, California, claiming seven lives. One Day in May does not ask any of the usual questions but takes a look at the wider context of the event – the other fourty-nine shootings that happened on the same day, starting in Connecticut and ending in California in the course of the day. The Santa Barbara shooting is only one event in an ongoing series; it made international news because of the number of victims. Looking at the local news on any given day may tell us more about the occasional mass shooting than asking the same questions time and again.
Digital print, softcover, sewn, 14.8 x 10.5 cm, 124 pages, colour, 18 €

sind wir dumm – Ein Lexikon der Suchvorschläge
An experimental exploration of the search engine and its role in confirming popular prejudices through word completion (in German language).
Digital print, softcover, perfect bound, 19 x 12.5 cm, 312 pages, b/w, 18 €
sind wir dumm

Sinterklaas ziet alles
A seemingly random collection of found images interspersed with short texts, created 1997–1998 mostly in The Netherlands, commissioned by Nederlands Foto Instituut as a part of PhotoWork(s) in Progress/Constructing Identity.
Box with 180 A6 index cards, 12 x 16.5 x 5 cm, offset print, 36 €

Sixty-Eight Minutes on the Sunset Strip
On March 26th, 2014 I set out to explore the Sunset Strip. Coming from the south, I arrived at the western end of the strip at 2:58 pm. Traffic moved very slowly past buildings, apartments, real estate opportunities, parking lots, a gasoline station, and a few palm trees. It took sixty-eight minutes of stop and go traffic before I arrived at the eastern end of the strip. The reason for slow traffic was a small fire.
Digital print, softcover, 14.8 x 10.5 cm, 80 pages, b/w, 12 €

Sorry. A Book of Errors
Incorrect password. Unknown username. The application encountered a problem. The server does not respond. Please try again later.
We write letters and we share photos and we buy things and we book trips and we pay taxes and we talk to friends and we watch movies and we read books and we do a lot of work with computers. Computers are ubiquitous, and so is their relentless logic. There’s no “maybe”, no “nearly”, no “approximately”, no “not quite, but I know what you mean.” The computer knows only two options, right or wrong, yes and no, zero and one. Computers pretend to be perfect and we know we are not. The result is a flood of error messages. Things go wrong all the time, and this is – according to the computer – usually our fault. Unknown error, please try again. Sometimes you wonder whether buying a computer was error number one.
This book is comprised of more than four hundred error messages in six languages collected by a user over the course of two years.
Digital print, softcover, sewn, 14.8 x 10.5 cm, 64 pages, b/w, 14 €

Thirty-two photographs of spoons that I collected over twenty-five years of traveling (1983 – 2008).
2010, 2015
Digital print, softcover, sewn, 14.8 x 10.5 cm, 72 pages, colour, 12 €

The Coach House / An Inventory
I have been living with Marshall McLuhan’s books for more than thirty years, so when I was in Toronto, in the spring of 2010, a visit to McLuhan’s institute was inevitable. McLuhan was the man who anticipated the internet four decades in advance of its inception, the man “who perpetually stated his loathing and contempt for most of the electronic age, yet a man who perversely and ironically is considered its biggest cheerleader.” Mulling over the impact of McLuhan’s writing as well as the impact of the internet on the perception of his ideas, I decided to test the internet and specifically the search engine, that mnemonic slot machine that the modern world relies upon, using McLuhan as an example. The Coach House, McLuhan’s professional home, a tiny building behind a grand old mansion on the university’s campus, served as my object of investigation. On the anniversary of McLuhan’s death, December 31st, 2010 a Google image search for “Coach House” Toronto produced “about 12,100 results.” The search engine presented a selection of 908 “relevant” photographs. All are now printed in this publication. Five of these images relate in some way to the coach house in question; two of them show the house itself and a further two show Marshall McLuhan at this coach house.
Offset print, softcover, sewn, 16 x 22 cm, 96 pages, colour, 24 €

Two Hundred Alternative Facts about Mr T
The title says it all, two hundred little known alternative facts. Count them. They are painstakingly researched and they are true. The full truth about Mr T, all you need to know in this time of fake news and demagogy. This is a great brochure. It's true. It's one of the best brochures ever. It's sold at the fantastic price of just € 3 per copy. And things get better: There is a special unlimited quantity discount – just € 25 for a bundle of 10 copies. Get them for your friends. This very special brochure is only available as long as Mr T is in office. The day he resigns or gets impeached or assassinated or is replaced by another president, the remaining stock will be sent to hell. Until then a free copy of this great brochure will be included in every book order. And that is a fact.
Digital print, softcover, saddle-stichted, 14.8 x 10.5 cm, 20 pages, b/w, 3 €
Alternative Facts

Vom Gehen
In late autumn 1974, Werner Herzog walked from Munich to Paris. In the logbook of his journey he mentioned the village I grew up in and that I had left a few months before he passed through it. His three words in Vom Gehen im Eis / Of Walking in Ice are possibly the only literary mention of the village. Forty-two years later I repeated one leg of Werner Herzog's walk, from Burgfelden to Dotternhausen. Just like him, I passed through the village I grew up in without stopping.
Digital print, softcover, perfect bound, 14.8 x 10.5 cm, 72 pages, b/w, 16 €
Vom Gehen

Von eigener Hand
Eine Sammlung gefundener Notizen, Einkaufszettel, Kurzbriefe – anonyme Bespiele handschriftlicher Alltagskommunikation in vier Sprachen. Die Fundstücke stammen aus der zweiten Hälfte der 90er Jahren des 20. Jahrhunderts, der Buchentwurf von 1999.
Digital print, softcover, sewn, 21 x 14.8 cm, 112 pages, b/w, 14 €

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 some money (the edition is sold out).
Digital print, softcover, sewn, 14.8 x 10.5 cm, 48 pages, b/w, 12 €