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  • Format: Softbound
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  • Published on: 4/17/2012
  • ISBN: 9781608871025
  • Pages: 320
  • Trim Size: 5.75 x 8.25
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Elvis [One on One]

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Product Description

In 1956, a twenty-one-year-old singer named Elvis Presley was at the beginning of his remarkable career. Alfred Wertheimer, a young New York photojournalist, was asked by Elvis’s label, RCA Victor, to photograph their new artist. In the course of his one-day assignment for RCA, Wertheimer was struck by the stunningly photogenic performer and felt compelled to continue documenting the everyday moments in Elvis’s life during that crucial year.

Wertheimer’s unobtrusive photographs of Elvis in performance, with his fans, in the recording studio, and at home with his family present a unique look at one of the world’s most famous cultural figures. These images were the first and the last unguarded look at Elvis, and also constitute an important visual document of post–World War II America.

With hundreds of gorgeously reproduced high-quality prints, Elvis is the result of a special alchemy between an exceptionally talented photographer and a charismatic young man on the brink of superstardom.

About the Author

Alfred Wertheimer, Author: Alfred Wertheimer began his career as a photojournalist in 1951, publishing work in such magazines as Life and Colliers. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Experience Music Project (Seattle, Washington) and the Folkwang Museum (Essen, Germany). He has photographed such notables as Eleanor Roosevelt, Leonard Bernstein, and Elizabeth Taylor, and worked as a principal cameraman for the documentary Woodstock.

Chris Murray, Contributor: Chris Murray co-curated the exhibition The Lost Amazon: The Photographic Journey of Legendary Botanist Richard Evans Schultes with Wade Davis at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, and together, they edited Schultes’s remarkable photographs for publication in The Lost Amazon. He has organized more than two hundred and fifty exhibitions in museums and galleries worldwide and is the author of over fifteen books on visual culture. He also is the founder and director of Govinda Gallery in Washington, DC.

Peter Guralnick, Contributor: Peter Guralnick is America’s foremost writer of music biographies. In a career spanning over thirty years, Guralnick has written extensively about American music and musicians, including the two-volume, prize-winning Presley biography, Last Train to Memphis (1994) and Careless Love (1997).