Karlheinz Weinberger

 

Karlheinz Weinberger, Zürich um 1961, ca 1961

Karlheinz Weinberger, Zürich am Limmatquai, 1962

Karlheinz Weinberger, Lone Star Camp, Gossau ZH, 1967

Karlheinz Weinberger, Untitled, ca 1969

images and text from the Swiss Institute Contemporary Art, New York.

In 1958, Weinberger met members of a small band of teenagers and began photographing them both at his home, as well as at the public parks and fairgrounds where the group gathered. In post-war Switzerland, these self-named “rebels” (referred to by the Swiss as “Halbstark” or “half strong”) were comprised of working class boys and girls dissatisfied by the conservative climate of the day. They adopted a powerful gang identity expressed in their self styled and homemade clothing–embellished jeans, motorcycle jackets, enlarged belt buckles–which referenced and emulated American icons Marlon Brando (in The Wild One), James Dean (in Rebel Without a Cause), Elvis Presley (in the film and album Jailhouse Rock).

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