Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer

Apr 20 - Jun 13, 2010
Boca Raton Museum of Art

In 1956, a twenty-one-year-old Elvis Presley was at the beginning of his remarkable career. Up-and-coming photographer Alfred Wertheimer (American, 1929- ) was asked by Presley's new label, RCA Victor, to photograph the "Hillbilly Cat" rising star from Mississippi. Wertheimer traveled with Elvis Presley, capturing the unguarded moments in Elvis's life during that crucial year, a year that took him from Tupelo, Mississippi to the silver screen, and to the verge of international stardom and his crowning as "The King of Rock 'n' Roll." These Wertheimer classic images represent the only candid photos of Elvis ever taken. Shortly after, "the Colonel" restricted access to the young singer. From backstage to onstage, from piano benches to Harleys, from on-the-road to screaming fans,Elvis at 21 presents forty large-format photographs that chronicle with cinematic luminosity, a remarkable time when Elvis could sit alone at a drugstore lunch counter.

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Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer

Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Werthheimer was developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Govinda Gallery, and the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, and is made possible through the generous support of History™.

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