1956 was the year Elvis released his first record, made his first television appearance and started his movie career. It was the year he became a star. Taken during the year Elvis turned 21, Alfred Wertheimer’s photographs are a remarkable visual record of a defining time for rock ‘n’ roll’s most enduring figure.
Includes photos of Elvis never before published.
Features images of him in every aspect of his life – from performance and with the fans, to the recording studio and at home with his family.
Alfred Wertheimer began his career in 1951, publishing his work in such magazines as Life and Paris Match. When RCA Victor asked him to photograph Elvis in 1956, Wertheimer turned the assignment into a unique opportunity. No photographer ever again was allowed the same intimate access. Apart from Elvis' own recordings from this period, these images are the most compelling vintage documents of Elvis in 1956.