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Karlheinz Weinberger - Jeans (2011)

Karlheinz Weinberger - Jeans (2011)

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Commencing his career in the 1950s as a self-taught photographer working primarily for the gay underground Zurich club and magazine Der Kreis, Karlheinz Weinberger (1921-2006) took candid shots of lovers, friends, and strangers on the street with an overt erotic investment in his subjects. He soon developed a fixation with the working-class youth culture known as the "Halbstark" (or "half strong"). Its members demonstrated their anti-establishment stance with embellished outfits of denim and leather, in an exaggerated and homemade version of the popularized American bad-boy style of the time. In his stark, posed photographs of these young rebels, Weinberger focuses on individual figures, exploring a personal erotic obsession and the cultural symbolism of blue jeans, whose scarcity in post-war Switzerland implied not just a fashion statement but a badge of pride. This publication reproduces a rare portfolio of these works that Weinberger designed himself in the mid-1950s.

Title: Jeans
Publisher: Swiss Insitute
Language: English
Publication Date: 2011
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Excellent
Dust Jacket Condition: N/A
Edition: First
Edition Run: N/A
Size: 38 x 25 cm
Pages: 55

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