My idol Robert Frank had famously said that he left Switzerland, his country of birth, because it was boring.
Never mind. This blog is really about Elvis Presley or Elvis & Presley.
A summary from Huber’s website says, “Decked out in glittering jumpsuits and big hair, this is the story of two European photojournalists who traveled across eleven states taking pictures of each other. One shooting black and white, the other, color. This is not a book about the real Elvis. This is not a book about Elvis impersonators. This is the ultimate pop idol on a tour of Americana, interacting with the people, the places, the history, the cool glances, the warm embraces, the hot coffee and the cheap motels that define modern life.”
I have owned this book for at least 20 years but every once in a while, when I need a little perk-me-up, I will reach out for it.
Interlaced with black & white and color images in all formats imaginable, this is the ultimate ‘photography is/can be fun’ and ‘stop taking yourself so seriously’ bible.
But don’t get me wrong, fun doesn’t mean crass or lousy. This book is really a showcase of two professionals who know their craft inside out and dare to be different.
You may think that donning his signature hairdo and suits are enough to bring out the spirit of The King.
For me the ones that work as beautifully are those where he’s there and not quite there. But then again, The King is always there. Even if it’s just a wig on the bathroom floor.
Long live The King.
By the way, is anyone interested to do Sophia & Loren with me?