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Joachim Schmid: Photogenetic Drafts

Mar 04, 2014 - Cesar Martins

"No new photographs until the old ones have been used up!" The statement, made by Joachim Schmid in 1989 during the 150th anniversary of Daguerre's invention of photography, raises questions that seem more relevant and valuable than ever before. Schmid has this remarkable ability to bring inanimate photographs back to life and discover treasures where others saw rubbish. I first came across Joachim Schmid's work through his Photogenetic Drafts, from 1991. As one of the pioneers working with found photography, he started in 1990 the project First General Collection of Used Photographs, which was the basis for Photogenetic Drafts. Composed from negatives, discarded and sliced in two by a studio photographer to prevent their further use, these photo-collages are a fascinating treatise on the life and death of images.