Monthly Archives: September 2016

That’s One Hell Of A Medallion

I have been working on a piece about photographer Karlheinz Weinberger for Bally, the Swiss shoe company. Weinberger photographed a youth tribe in Zurich in the late fifties and early sixties called the Halbstark (the Half Strong). They were a local take on a melange of rockabilly/biker/Brando/Elvis/Dean influences, featuring huge belt buckles and medallions of their heroes (which included Gene Vincent and early Cliff Richard). The full piece, with more of Weinberger’s photos, will be in the Bally Journal in January (

weinberger_img4.jpg c. Estate of Karlheinz Weinberger.