Elvis reading his fan mail
Mr. Wertheimer was just starting his own career when he got a call from RCA Records asking him to take some publicity shots of one of its new artists, "a young Southerner about to make his first television appearance". At the time Presley had recently released “Heartbreak Hotel”, which was soon to become a chart-topper. Mr. Wertheimer had never heard of him.
“He got lucky,” Pam Wertheimer said of her uncle’s encounter with the emerging Presley. “He got there right when Elvis was still a human being.”
Alfred Wertheimer, whose illustrious career included cinematography ("The Making of the President 1960","Woodstock") and film editing, passed away in his home on October 26, 2014. He was 84 years old.
"The Kiss" -- perhaps Wertheimer's most famous photo
Below: more photos from "Elvis 1956"
The NY Times remembrance of Alfred Wertheimer can be found here