13 June 2011

Rebel Youth by Karlheinz Weinberger

'Rebel Youth' documents the work of Karlheinz Weinberger, who photographed young people in his home country, Switzerland, in the 1960's. The Swiss kids in his pictures were influenced by American biker culture and films, often styled like Marlon Brando in 'The Wild One' or California motorcycle gangs, such as the Hell's Angels. Some of the photos remind me of the Andy Warhol designed cover of the 1971 Rolling Stone's Album 'Sticky Fingers', or the 1964 Kenneth Anger biker film 'Scorpio Rising'. These Swiss 'Halbstarke' juveniles 
fanatical customized jeans are just insane! The forward is by the film director John Waters, whose film 'Cry-Baby' features young biker gangs like the juvenile delinquents in the Karlheinz pictures. 

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