The Ohio Photomagazine, first published in January 1995 is an artproject in magazine form, a mobile exhibition space for photographic imagery. The joint editors/publishers are two artists from Cologne and Düsseldorf: Uschi Huber and Jörg Paul Janka. ( until 1998 together with Stefan Schneider and Hans-Peter Feldmann ). Ohio publishes in print and video format (DVD) as well as photographs in a box.
In Ohio the reproductive and everyday charakter of photography is more of interest than the aura of a single photo on the wall. Ohio deals entirely with already existing images, it selects and recombines them. Ohio publishes images from very diverse sources and doesn’t differenciate between ‘genres’. There is a strong focus on non-artistic photography, images come from private and public archives, the daily press, the Internet, from scientists, amateurs...
Presenting images in a different context opens up new dimensions of meaning and aesthetics, it challanges the conditions of their interpretation and reception. The photos are shown entirely without accompanying text, the authors are credited in the imprint.
Choosing the form of a magazine and working as a collaborative, Ohio establishes an independent position outside the gallery dominated artmarket. Content, presentation and frequency as well as price and distribution are entirely up to the editors. Visibility is created in an independent way.
Ohio is published about once a year.
Ohio exhibits internationally and holds lectures.
From 2000 to 2005 Ohio ran a small exhibitionspace in Cologne, a vitrine in the street, open 24 hours.