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Ohio (Huber (Uschi) / Janka (Jörg Paul)), 1995

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project comparative iconography or an artistic multiple on the stereotypy of amateur photography or the love of cats. However, one must at least assume that all of this is not the intention of Flickr or its users.

Found Footage

Several artistic works have also been devoted to the sorting aspects of photographic ‹trash.› They do not even take the category of the artistically valuable image into account to begin with. The two strategies that will be presented here are geared more towards bringing about an artistic posit solely by means of the serialization or sorting of photographs deemed useless or purely instrumental according to common criteria. This posit shifts authorship to the assemblage of found footage. [Also refer to the podium discussion with Jörg Sasse and the section Public-ation of the Private in the contribution by Jens Schröter.]

Thirteen issues of «Ohio», a photograph magazine edited by Uschi Huber and Jörg Janka, both of whom are well-known for their artistic photographic work, have been published since 1995. The magazines—and since 1999, the video cassettes and DVDs as well—do


not contain any text. An image index is the only source of brief information about the origin of the published material. The first issues were published with the subtitle «photographs as never before.» «As never before» means that in order to enable the applied and artistic spheres to merge, Ohio opposes conventional categorizations such as «still,» «people» and «food,» common in commercial photography, and «landscape,» «portrait» and «still life,» common in artistic photography. «Never before» was not quite accurate, as Ohio had clearly been inspired by the found footage work by its original co-editor Hans-Peter Feldmann. Whereas the first issue was still a mixture of photographs from completely different sources, the publications were increasingly arranged according to themes or monographs. One issue, no. 4, is devoted to photographs taken by a hobby photographer who «for several years almost daily took photographs of the progressing construction of a railroad bridge in Hamm near Düsseldorf.». [25] «Ohio #7 consists of image and video sequences whose only sources are Webcams and livecams in the Internet:: Nightly scenes at African waterholes, waves on a New Zealand beach, big cities,

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