Saturday I stumbled into Dashwood Books and was just blown away by all the photobooks I wanted to buy. My boyfriend is a photographer and knows way more about these things than I do, but I am trying! Amongst some of the more artsy photos I was immediately drawn to a big blue book titled, Jeans. The photographer, Karlheinz Weinberger.
I was about to commit to the purchase when the helpful gal there steered me to Karlheinz's book, Rebel Youth. Jeans, was, well....all about the jeans while Rebel Youth was more
about the culture and the movement happening at the time.
Karlheinz really captured the rebel youth movement of the late 1950's and early 60's in Switzerland, where they really idolized American fashion. These photos look like they came straight out of Detroit and are wholly relevant with today's hipster and punk scene. To be precise, a lot of punk fashion came out of the closets of early rebels.
I find this book incredibly inspiring.
"The extreme style of these blue-collar kids who defiantly use home-grown fashion to terrify the public and mock masculine and feminine stereotypes are captured with great respect."-John Waters