Happy Birthday, Alfred Wertheimer!

by Chris Murray on November 16, 2023

Alfred Wertheimer would be 94 today. He took the finest photos ever of a rock star… they happen to be of Elvis Presley in 1956. It was my great pleasure to be the editor of Alfred’s four books of his photographs of Elvis Presley, as well as my collaborating with Alfred as the curator of over 20 museum exhibitions of his work. Rock on Alfred!

Alfred Wertheimer at his Grammy Museum exhibition, January 2010, Los Angeles.

With his RCA portable transistor 7 radio blasting away in the back of a local cab from the train station, Elvis is about to leave for the Hotel Jefferson, where he was staying. He had two performances that day, at the Mosque Theater that afternoon and evening. Richmond, VA. June 30, 1956. Photo by Alfred Wertheimer.

From left to right: Govinda Gallery Director Chris Murray, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Alfred Wertheimer. Celebrating the launch of Alfred Wertheimer’s exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC at a party at Halcyon House in Georgetown, hosted by John Dreyfuss and Govinda Gallery Director, Chris Murray, October 22, 2010. Photo by Vivienne Foster.

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2 responses to “Happy Birthday, Alfred Wertheimer!”

  1. Rita Duffy says:

    Great photographs – and a very happy birthday sir !

  2. Christine Nassikas says:

    Happy Birthday Al!!! I love your photos and am so grateful to own a few. Thank you Chris!!

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