Archiv is an analytical survey of international vernacular photography through the course of 20th century consisting of assortments of images – snapshots, studio photos, postcards, commercial photos, photos of missing people, newspaper images – grouped and classified according to their similarity on panels.


The panels highlight the mechanical uniformity and conformity of image production, the collective patterns and rituals of popular photographic representations. The project is a history, a commentary, and a celebration of the mundane weirdness of commonplace photography. 


Archiv (1986–1999) consists of 726 panels, 40 x 50 cm each.


© Joachim Schmid,  Archiv #122, 1991

Courtesy of the artist.


© Joachim Schmid,  Archiv (1986-1999)

Courtesy of the artist.

Joachim Schmid is a Berlin based artist who has been working with found photographs and texts since the early 1980s. He published numerous artist's books. His work has been exhibited internationally and is included in numerous collections.


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