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Death of Alfred Wertheimer

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Alfred Wertheimer, a German-American photographer, died last Sunday at the age of 84. He is best known for his intimate black-and-white photographs of Elvis Presley in 1956, just before The King shot to stardom. The session lasted days, during which Wertheimer shot nearly 3800 photographs, which are still archived today. We see Presley in his private moments: lost in thought and looking out a train window, rehearsing in his recording studio, shirtless at his parents’ home, talking on the phone in his underwear.

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