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Alfred Wertheimer

The late photojournalist Alfred Wertheimer was a born and bred New Yorker, whose assignments included photographing Eleanor Roosevelt and Nina Simone. In 1956 record label RCA Victor hired Wertheimer to spend the day photographing one of their rising stars, Elvis Presley.  At the time Wertheimer, like most others, had never heard of Presley and so the unguarded and up-close shots document some of the final moments of Presley’s life as an ordinary person who could still walk unnoticed down the street.  Proud Chelsea launched its new gallery with the show Elvis at 21: New York to Memphis in 2009.