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Remembering Elvis Photographer Alfred Wertheimer

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Remembering Elvis Photographer Alfred Wertheimer

When asked to photograph a young singer in 1956, photographer Alfred Wertheimer first responded "Elvis who?" 

Decades later, Wertheimer's candid images of Elvis Presley on the cusp of stardom are a nostalgic reminder of the early days of rock 'n' roll, an intimate look at an icon gone too soon. 

In memory of Wertheimer, who died Oct. 19, 2014, at the age of 84, we take a look back at Wertheimer's moment in time with Elvis.

Elvis Presley Chronicler Alfred Wertheimer Dies at 84

Elvis in the Beginning: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer

The Elvis-Kiss Mystery—Solved! In the summer of 1956, a 21-year-old Elvis Presley, already inciting libidinous mayhem from Kansas City to Jacksonville, impishly touched tongues with a young woman in Richmond, Virginia. Alfred Wertheimer snapped the shutter just at the moment of contact. The result: “The Kiss,” one of the most storied photos in Elvis lore. Yet for five decades, no one, not even Wertheimer, knew the identity of Presley’s date—until now.

Alfred Wertheimer, Early Photographer of Elvis Presley