BOOK Halbstarke (Vol. 1) by Karlheinz Weinberger

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© Karlheinz Weinberger, Strum&Drang Books

Karlheinz Weinberger (1921-2006) worked his whole life at a Siemens plant in Zurich and lived in the apartment where he grew up until his death. In an interview during his first show at the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich in 2000, he said his real life started on Friday night and ended on Monday morning. He spent his time off photographing immigrant workers in the street and starting in 1958, the rebellious Swiss kids who dressed provocatively like their American idols. After this short-lived movement petered out, Weinberger focused on motorcycle clubs, attending their parties and gatherings. He was also a regular contributor for Der Kreis (under the pseudonym Jim), an underground international gay magazine, published between 1932 and 1967 in Switzerland. Starting in the 60’s he toured places like Sicily, Tanger, Lipari and Lampedusa with his camera and returned with a fantastic trove of portraits. He was also an avid sports photographer for local newspapers, covering mostly wrestler, boxing, and motor-sport.

Weinberger’s work was only discovered by the art scene shortly before his death in 2006, and his artistic trove revealed tens of thousands of prints, slides and negatives that have been collected, archived, numbered and indexed over the course of the last decade. Many never before seen images were discovered during this process, and thus the idea to publish thematic volumes with a single focus was inspired. With Halbstarke as Volume #1, Sturm & Drang publishers will follow with more releases that cover topics such as sports, tattoos and insignias, his travels to the South of Italy, and the extensive work he did with biker gangs and rockers. All the first editions of these volumes will be limited to 1200 copies.

© Karlheinz Weinberger, Strum&Drang Books

Sturm & Drang Publishers
Karlheinz Weinberger
Halbstarke (Vol.1)
120 pages, 66 black and white images.
With wrap-around sleeve including a poster on the back.

Format 21cm x 28 cm
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