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Karlheinz Weinberger, Getting dark


Karlheinz Weinberger was an unknown Swiss photographer until his photographs were widely discovered in 2011. After Les Rencontres d’Arles this summer, Steidl this fall, Paris Photo paid him homage with an exhibition in the “Prismes” sector. These eye-catching portraits of Zurich’s hooligans, the Halbstarke, have a very specific relationship with time and the way it creates myths. The connection that Karlheinz Weinberger developed with these rebels was exemplary and rare in the history of photography. The Halbstarke were subjects in waiting, their truth demanded a biographer and this is where Karlheinz Weinberger came in. He tended to photograph those on...

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