Experiments are reported on the detection of slow photoelectrons resulting from the photoionization of Xe atoms in a dc electric field by electron imaging. In the far-field photoelectron velocity distributions we can distinguish between direct and indirect ionization processes (involving long range Coulomb interactions with the Xe+ ion). Also, a new modulation of the velocity distribution is observed which cannot be explained by previously discussed mechanisms. Classical and quantum mechanical calculations are presented to support the interpretations.