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What are some well-known photographs of Elvis Presley?

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A photograph entitled "The Kiss," taken by photographer Alfred Wertheimer, is considered to be one of the most well-known photos of "The King." It's an image of Elvis as a young man, kissing a young lady backstage just before performing at the Mosque Theater in Richmond, Virginia, in 1956.

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What are some well-known photographs of Elvis Presley?
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Known as "The King of Rock & Roll," Presley was highly photographed throughout his career. Which of the many images are best-known may depend on the eye of the beholder. Wertheimer documented the singer's rise to stardom and had access to Presley that few other photographers had. Therefore, some of Wertheimer's photographs are among the best-known.

Some iconic shots show Presley's public image: his early days as a 1950s rocker; performing on the "Ed Sullivan Show" in 1956; dancing, singing and wooing ladies in his popular movies such as "Jail House Rock" or "Blue Hawaii"; and on stage during his "comeback" special for NBC in 1968. Other well-known shots of the star include the juxtaposition of him inside the Oval Office, shaking hands with President Nixon in 1970; and performing in his trademark sequined jumpsuits in the 1970s. Others were of his private life, showing him to be a regular person: enlisting in the army in 1958, complete with crew cut and uniform, with seemingly no special treatment; getting married to Priscilla Presley in 1967; and spending time with his daughter Lisa Marie.

Interestingly, one of the best-known images of him emerged in 1993, when his picture appeared on a U.S. postage stamp, the most popular commemorative U.S. stamp of all time.

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