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Rejected. Designs for the European Flag

Wirklilchkeit Books

The flag bearing twelve yellow stars on a blue background has become Europe’s most recognisable symbol. Since its introduction by the Council of Europe in 1955, it has stood for the unification of Europe's nation states. It was precisely this yellow circle of stars that prevailed over more than 150 flag ideas sent to the Council of Europe by a host of diverse private individuals. These colourful designs are being now published in Rejected for the first time. They document the continent’s zeitgeist at a decisive period in the development of European unity. Alongside the flag proposals, the trilingual book (English, German, French) features a written contribution by the poet and writer Marie Rotkopf, who tackles the EU’s neoliberal political cynicism and Germany’s expansion of power with biting irony.

192 p
180 × 110mm


Photogenetic Drafts

Joachim Schmid

This series of 32 photographs is based on the archive of a commercial photographer who donated the negatives he didn’t need any more to the Institute for the Reprocessing of Used Photographs. The photographer cut his negatives to prevent their future use. This attempt to preclude new prints triggered the creation of photographs that would not exist without the attempted destruction. Consistent point of view, consistent light, and consistent poses allowed the combination of two negatives into one single image. The resulting photographs are portraits of non-existing persons. They are based on the genetic pool of the population of a small town in Bavaria. Like in genetic engineering, existing information was dismantled and spliced to create formerly unknown mutations, playing with genetic inheritance, age, gender, and personality.

36 p
210 × 148mm


Joachim Schmid Is Martin Parr · Martin Parr Is Joachim Schmid

Joachim Schmid

"In September 2009 Martin Parr sent me his VIP pass to the Berlin Art Forum, that he had recently received and knew full well, he would be unable to attend. I saw this as an opportunity to visit the fair and take photos in the spirit of Martin Parr. I was to be Martin Parr for the 23rd September. For those that know anything about my work, this must be a surprise, as my career in the art world is based entirely on orchestrating other people’s photographs.

I then invited Martin to be Joachim Schmid, and he decided to trawl through the "Martin Parr, We Love You" group on Flickr. This was established a few years ago as a forum for photographers who had been seemingly influenced by his photographic language. So in the spirit of Joachim Schmid, Martin looked for the most "Parr-like" images. The resulting two sets of images are what you will find on the pages of Joachim Schmid Is Martin Parr · Martin Parr Is Joachim Schmid."

—— Joachim Schmid

40 p
180 × 180mm


shushushushu books is founded by artist and photo book maker Haishu Chen based in Berlin. It focuses on photography and image and related artistic books, magazines and publications and is dedicated to promoting the exchange of photobooks between China and Germany/Europe.