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Photobook: SWISS REBELS Karlheinz Weinberger

Simon Skinner - 3 years ago

Karlheinz Weinberger’s day job may have been relatively uneventful; working in a Siemens warehouse, but the photos he took in his spare time are anything but conformist

Weinberger’s passion and the focus of this book are the rebel youth of 1950s and ’60s Switzerland, who channeled American rock ’n’-roll culture and made it their own with their rolled-up jeans and denim jackets, bouffant hairdos, striped T-shirts, and customized belts boasting images of Elvis and James Dean. Weinberger’s lusty, free-spirited and self-confident portraits posit the defiant attitude of youth as a response to the conservative post-war era.

Swiss Rebels also includes homoerotic images of rockers, bikers, construction workers and athletes, many of whom occupy positions outside of social norms. This publication is the first to present an overview of Weinberger’s provocative oeuvre.

Born in 1921, Karlheinz Weinberger was a Swiss photographer whose work predominantly explores outsider cultures and turns its back on conservative middle-class values. Between 1943 and 1967 Weinberger published photos of male workers, sportsmen, and bikers in the gay magazine Der Kreis under the pseudonym of Jim, taken from Hanns Eisler’s song “The Ballad of Jim.”

In the late fifties and early sixties he concentrated on Swiss rock ’n’-roll youth whom he photographed with tenderness and a hint of irony. Although a passionate amateur photographer over six decades, Weinberger placed little emphasis on exhibiting his work; his first comprehensive show took place only in 2000, six years before his death.comprehensive show took place only in 2000, six years before his death.

Karlheinz Weinberger: SWISS REBELS Publisher: STEIDL Edited by Esther Woerdehoff and Patrik Schedler Text by François Cheval, Daniela Janser, Patrik Schedler 280 pages 45 color / 120 BW images 9.5 x 13 in. / 22 x 30 cm Four-color process Clothe-bound hardcover £68.00 [tbc] ISBN 978-3-95829-329-8 Release Date [US]: October, 2017

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Simon Skinner

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Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.