Joachim Schmid is a german photographer who finds thousands of pictures on the streets of different cities. His only criterion is that the photographs, postcards, and newspaper images had to have been discarded by someone.
His work is a perfect example of Cotton’s Retrieved and Remade chapter because he is taking existing images that were obviously unwanted or lost. They represent the loss of a memory and forgotten histories. They are “remade” because they have been rediscovered as evidence and allow us to make up our own emotional responses and fantasies of the stories behind them