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Joachim Schmid Artist Talk (Video)

Joachim Schmid discusses his use of appropriated photographs, and the discovery of new meanings in the currents of digital photography.

 - October 15, 2014

On September 30, 2014, Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with the Department of Photography at Parsons The New School for Design, presented a talk with artist Joachim Schmid. For decades Schmid has appropriated thousands of photographs, discovering new meanings in the currents of digital photography. For series such as Archiv (1986–99) and Estrelas amadas (2013), Schmid sourced imagery from the public sphere, using flea markets and Flickr as tools to understand trends in contemporary photography, including our fascination with constantly redocumenting the same occurrences in the same way. Schmid’s collection highlights the rapid image economy that is characteristic of the digital age, providing a real-time glimpse of culture at large.