KARLHEINZ WEINBERGER , Sports Vol. 2
Hardly known outside the famous images of young rebels and rockers are the sports images Karlheinz Weinberger shot starting in the 1960's. In this 2nd book with images by the Swiss photographer, Sturm & Drang presents a lesser known but truly captivating side of Weinberger. Working for various sports newspapers and magazines, he covered athletes and contests in Switzerland and places such as East Germany. His fascination with the male physique was documented at bike races, wrestling matches or weight-lifting events. A true discovery.
Weinberger’s work was 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 theme was inspired. Sports is Volume 2, Sturm & Drang publishers will follow with more releases in the future.
Published by Sturm & Drang
28 × 21 cm (11 x 8.3 inches)
Karlheinz Weinberger, born June 10, 1921, in Zurich, worked, from 1955 to his retirement in 1986, as inventory manager for lighting products at Siemens-Albis. From 1952 to 1967, he regularly published photographs under the pseudonym “Jim” in the magazine Der Kreis [The Circle]. In the early sixties, he traveled to Italie. He was a freelanc photographer for sport magazines and covered as a roving reporter various sports events. After discovering the Young Rebels (“Halbstarken”) in 1958, Weinberger began depicting this first Swiss underground youth scene with a Rolleiflex 2.8n. Admirers of Elvis and James Dean, these kids and twenty-somethings disdained conformity, the mainstream, and wore jeans decorated according to personal taste with studs, badges, and huge belt buckles. After gaining access to this small but attention-grabbing fringe group, Weinberger kept his eye on it and photographed it. In time, members made their way to his home, where he sometimes gave them a place to crash, so that between 1959 and 1963, he made extraordinary images. However, the scene changed in 1963 and the cliques broke up. Many members went mainstream and left the scene, but some became rockers forming new cliques and “gangs.” Weinberger kept in touch with them, followed them to their camps, and was invited to their club events, rocker weddings, and – frequently – funerals. He reciprocated with invitations to his place. The men came mostly alone, finding in his pad a refuge from the police, girlfriends, and gang members, a retreat where they could let their hair down, where they drank, smoked, stripped, masturbated … and Weinberger photographed. Besides that, he listened to them, giving them sometimes advice and usually a warm meal, giving them a home. After retirement, Weinberger devoted himself full-time to these non-conformists, creating long portrait series that are of great intensity, indeed unique. This late and by far most extensive part of his work was still unknown when in 2000, Weinberger was discovered through his first museum exhibition and the associated publication. Almost overnight he become a star on the international scene of artistic and fashion photography. Karlheinz Weinberger died in 2006.