PERFECTION OF PERPLEXION

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Posted in boys, photos by okkame on April 14, 2011

photographed by  Karlheinz Weinberger

 

 

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 John Waters on  Karlheinz Weinberger

 

The outfits in Karlheinz Weinberger’s photos might seem at first glance artificially produced, some over-stylized exaggerations from a Kenneth Anger movie. But the kids in Weinberger’s photographs are very real rockers from the late ’50s and early ’60s in Zurich who built a community out of a shared love for Elvis and American music. A new book of Weinberger’s work Rebel Youth shows how painstakingly he catalogued the Swiss subculture called the Halbstark or “Half-Strong,” hosting kids at his in-home studio and following them around town to snap photos. The cartoonish affection for rebellion in the photos caught John Waters’ eye some years ago, and he had the chance to meet Weinberger in person and purchase some of his photos. He wrote a foreword for Rebel Youth, released by Rizzoli New York, and feels a strong enough kinship with Weinberger that a discussion of his work inevitably turned into a discussion about Waters himself. We chatted about Weinberger, no doubt, but Waters also had plenty to share about Baltimore bad girls, hocking loogies, and of course, the always-relevant Divine.

 

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  1. hannah schultz said, on May 19, 2011 at 12:33 am

    The first thing to come to mind was Joyce Carol Oates’s short story, “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”. I love that story. I’m shaking and tearing and heaving from the thought of how that story makes me feel.
    It’s based on a true story about a serial killer in Tuscon, Arizona. The way that Oates describes his appearance is much like the photographs in the article above. Smitty (the serial killer) was also obsessed with Elvis. He was small in stature but a real ‘tough guy’.

    • okkame said, on May 19, 2011 at 3:18 am

      That story seems to be pretty graphic. I can’t overlook the most conspicuous part of his appearance that certainly makes him look really tough and presumably neither could the writer provided the two’s resemblance to each other is truly memorable……..pardon my dicktatorship. I’m just saying this for the sake of replying…


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