Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Intimate Stranger

Swiss self-proclaimed amateur photographer Karlheinz Weinberger documented a youth subculture in Zurich that emerged after WWII and his work was brilliant.  He followed a group of working class teenagers who were disenfranchised with their community and were self-proclaimed rebels.  Weinberger's photography showcased the way these kids chose to lash out at their surroundings by emulating movie heroes from America such as Marlon Brando, James Dean and Elvis.  Both defiant and vulnerable, his work exposes a common teenager regardless of where they are from or what era may be documented.  For the first time in Canada, these photos are exhibited at the Presentation House Gallery in North Vancouver until July 17th (sorry for the short notice).  The exhibition is produced by the Swiss Institute of New York and curated by Gianni Jetzer.

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