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An Appreciation: Elvis Presley photographer Alfred Wertheimer (1929-2014)
An Appreciation: Elvis Presley photographer Alfred Wertheimer (1929-2014)

The first thing that springs to mind about my encounter in 2010 with Elvis Presley photographer Alfred Wertheimer, the man who shot the celebrated intimate images of Presley on the cusp of stardom in 1956, was the marrow-deep passion about his vocation. I interviewed Wertheimer, who died Sunday at 84, in conjunction with a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition of his photos that the Grammy Museum hosted at that time. Wertheimer came out from his home in New York to attend the show's gala opening, but did he stop to revel in all the adulation being heaped on him and the revealing photos he’d shot more than half a century earlier? No, he had his camera around his neck and...

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