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Alfred Wertheimer Dies: Elvis Presley Photographer was 85

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By    |   Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 09:12 AM

Famed Elvis Presley photographer Alfred Wertheimer, whose pictures documented the start of the rock 'n' roll singer's legendary career, has died. He was 85.

The Associated Press reported Chris Murray, Wertheimer's editor and gallery curator, as saying Wertheimer died of natural causes at his New York apartment.

Wertheimer was 26 and Elvis 21 when he was assigned to photograph the unknown singer. He traveled with Elvis for one week in 1956 and produced a series of now-famous black and white that were the subject of exhibits at the Smithsonian Institution and the Grammy Museum.

Among the most famous shots is "The Kiss," a photo of Elvis nuzzling a woman fan backstage.

Ex-wife Priscilla Presley said Tuesday that no photographer was able to get as close up and personal with Elvis ever again.

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Famed Elvis Presley photographer Alfred Wertheimer, whose pictures documented the start of the rock 'n' roll singer's legendary career, has died. He was 85.
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