Edition : First / Zurich / Swiss Institute / 2011 / Hardcover. / Fine Narrow 4to, 56pp. Printed boards as issued. Numerous Black & White plates.
“For most of his adult life, Karlheinz Weinberger (1921-2006) worked in the warehouse department of the Siemens-Albis factory in Zurich. In his free time, he escaped his job’s monotony by immersing himself in photography. Self-taught and working under the pseudonym ‘Jim,’ Weinberger began his artistic career taking pictures of his lovers and of people in the street. Some of these pictures were first published in the Swiss gay journal Der Kreis (or The Circle).The images in this publication’a facsimile of a self-designed portfolio that Weinberger made in the mid-1950s’showcase the evolving documentary style that would define much of his later work. Jeans focuses on individual portraiture and his fascination for men in blue jeans, an article of clothing whose scarcity in post-war Switzerland and close association with American pop stars implied more than just a fashion statement.”