Alfred Wertheimer. Elvis, Art Edition No. 126–250 ‘The Kiss’ Edition of 125


“Elvis who?” was photographer Alfred Wertheimer’s response when, in early 1956, an RCA Victor publicist asked him to photograph an up-and-coming crooner from Memphis. Little did Wertheimer know that this would be the job of his life: just 21 years old, Elvis Presley was—as we now know—about to become a legend.

Trailing him like a shadow, Wertheimer was given unlimited scope to get up close and personal with Elvis; even as the singer was seducing young women in dark hallways, he allowed the photographer to record his every move. Wertheimer took nearly 3,000 photographs of Presley, creating a penetrating portrait of a man poised on the brink of superstardom.

Extraordinary in its intimacy and unparalleled in its scope, Wertheimer’s Elvis project immortalized a young man in the very process of making history. Just a month after he shot Elvis recording the “Don’t Be Cruel”/“Hound Dog” record, it became the first ever to top all three Billboard charts.

This Art Edition of 125 numbered copies, each signed by Alfred Wertheimer, brings together his most remarkable shots of the star from 1956 and 1958, half of them published for the first time. It comes with a numbered and signed gelatin silver print, The Kiss (1956), a tantalizing backstage shot.

Limited Art Edition of 125 copies (No. 126–250), each with the gelatin silver print The Kiss (1956), signed by Alfred Wertheimer

Also available in a second Art Edition (No. 1–125) with an alternative print
Alfred Wertheimer. Elvis, Art Edition No. 126–250 ‘The Kiss’
Edition of 125
Fiber-based gelatin silver print, 44 x 31.2 cm, hardcover volume in clamshell box, letterpress-printed chapter openers, 31.2 x 44 cm, 418 pages