Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Karlheinz Weinberger Day


Today I'm posting for the first time some works by Karlheinz Weinberger (1921-2006),
 a Swiss photographer brought to my attention by viewer David M.  Some of todays photos were provided by David, and others I found on my own.  Herr Weinberger never quit his day job as a warehouse worker for Siemens until he reached retirement age.  He specialized in chronicling the 
fringe and misfit elements of Swiss society in his photos.  (Yes, the straightlaced Swiss do indeed 
have some of those.)  His interests were wide ranging, though, and we'll see quite a variety of types today.  After reviewing hundreds of his pictures, I have to say that what passed for "out there"
 in Switzerland back then would be very vanilla in a lot of other places.
Many thanks to David M.!


  1. I see what you mean. All you have to do is walk down the street here to see the likes of that on any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Mind you, the Swiss have a reputation for being about 50 years behind the times, so he might appear marginal to them.

    1. Bear and I spent a week in a noisy gay hotel in Zurich in the late 90s, and we were amazed at how subdued even the drag and leather scenes were. They did, however, go in for very loud techno disco music.