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Alfred Wertheimer dies at 84; photographer captured pre-fame Elvis
Alfred Wertheimer dies at 84; photographer captured pre-fame Elvis

Photographer Alfred Wertheimer got a call in 1956 to take publicity pictures of a young singer he had never heard of. It was Elvis Presley, on the cusp of worldwide fame. Wertheimer got impromptu, often sweet-natured photos that are among the most celebrated images of the future king of rock 'n' roll. "He was just starting to gain a sense of his own stardom," Wertheimer told Times writer Robert Hilburn in 1979 when his photo book, "Elvis '56," was published. "That's what I think makes the pictures so interesting now. "They capture that changing time in his life." Wertheimer, 84, died Sunday at his home in New York. He had been in...

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