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Karlheinz Weinberger


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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.


The joy of a Weinberger photograph is in the fact that everyone is doing the most. Subtle is for someone else: here more is more. Big hair, big belt buckles, motorcycle clubs--everyone going their hardest to evoke American realness.--Miss Rosen "Crave "
The outcasts and rogues of postwar society...These young men and women idolized the brooding sexuality of American rebels like Elvis Presley and James Dean...--Alex Arbuckle "Mashable "
The outcasts and rogues of postwar society... These young men and women idolized the brooding sexuality of American rebels like Elvis Presley and James Dean..--Alex Q. Arbuckle "Mashable "
...gives homage to a Helvetian generation in search of their identity... A work that is rightly sexy, shocking and totally iconic: it is more than just a series of Elvis fans in an absolute rock & roll crisis behind these images there is a contemplation of the difference.--Jonas Cuenin "L'Oeil de la Photographie "
Now Jean-Claude Lebensztejn, a French critic, has written "Pissing Figures, 1280-2014," a genealogy of the pisseurs and pisseuses who haunt our canvases, fountains, and frescoes. The book, in a rangy, fluent translation from Jeff Nagy, is a record of what Lebensztejn calls our "diuretic fantasies"--of the lore and lust surrounding urine, sacred and profane.--Dan Piepenbring "The New Yorker "
...a Treasure Trove for Rebellious Denim Heads.--Rebecca Bengal "Vogue "

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