28 August 2013

Joachim Schmid - X Marks the Spot

X Marks the Spot
Joachim Schmid
84 pages
14.8 x 10.5 cm / 6 x 4"
edition of 100 copies
digital printing
14 € / 19 US$

"The site where John F. Kennedy was assassinated is a major tourist magnet. White Xes on the pavement mark the spots where the president was fatally shot. Visitors often get their photos taken there. Some of the photos end up in online photo sharing sites. A webcam is positioned at the site where an assassin allegedly fired the shots that killed Kennedy as the presidential motorcade passed through Dealey Plaza. The camera’s perspective exactly matches that of the assassin: it now shoots the tourists shooting their own memorial photos, and we can watch this in real time. The book combines snapshots taken by tourists at Dealey Plaza with footage from the webcam."

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