Sunday, August 19, 2007

joachim schmid

during the 1980s joachim schmid lived next to one of the largest flea markets in berlin, allowing him to amass a vast archive of post cards and found photographs. he then spent the next decade assembling collages with this material: series of poodle photographs, concentrations camps, airplanes, and commodity objects. together these collages provide a window into the popular conscious of germany during the 80s and 90s. the project also critiques the archive as a structure that establishes a horizon of possible actions in the present. in terms of photography, joachim looks at how the image can inform and limit human experience. the advent of sites like flickr, google, and myspace, make this work seem particularly relevant today. see more images from the project here. and more of joachim's work here.

[all joachim schmid. from archiv. 1986-1999.]