Karlheinz Weinberger (1921-2006), a self-taught photographer from Zurich began his artistic career in the «underground». In 1958, he ventured off in search of the Swiss German youth that was rebelling against the country’s reigning conservatism. They invented their own codes of behaviour and Weinberger’s work reflects the gang mentality they expressed through their patched-up clothes, greatly inspired by American bikers.
... The Countess Castiglione was a woman of multiple personalities -- Cleopatra crossed with Blanche DuBois. Her narcissism in regard to her own photographic image was a precursor to the self-portraits we've seen throughout the 20th century. Her idea was to re-enact her finest moments in life, right down to the ball gowns and costumes she wore. The Countess also took on personalities of theater and opera heroines, photographing herself in poses as if making a grand entrance.
Tales of the Nations was not an ordinary book that you could buy in a book store: it was a series of four-colour prints, somewhat larger than playing cards, which you received from the Hamburg publisher if you sent them vouchers. The vouchers were sold with Reemtsma cigarette packets. If you wanted the story which the pictures illustrated, you had to buy the collector's album at the tobacconist's: that contained the text of the stories and many additional black and white illustrations. The pictures and the albums are today collectors' items, though not rarities, as hundreds of thousands were printed and distributed all over Germany. Many of the older generation remember the storybook: the pictures have left a deep impression on them. "Ah yes!" white-haired ladies or gentlemen will often exclaim if you show it to them: "Indeed I know it - it's Sindbad the Sailor! But what was the name of that book?"