Rebel Youth – NOEMIKLEIN

Rebel Youth




Karlheinz Weinberger, an amateur photographer recognised only 6 years before his death in 2000, captures the working classes and disaffected youth of 50s and 60s biker gangs in Switzerland. Embracing their own style within the post-war Swiss bubble, and using the American ‘rebel’ look of James Dean and Elvis Presley to striking effect, these teenagers known as ‘Halbstarke’ have been an inspiration to many designers and photographers the world over.



‘I never thought I’d live to see eighteen. Isn’t that dumb? Every day I look in the mirror and say “What? You still here?”‘

- Rebel Without a Cause