Thursday, April 10, 2008

The lost photographs

The saying "a picture speaks more than a thousand words" came into my mind today as I looked at some of the recently found photographs of Elvis taken by former Madison Square Garden photographer George Kalinsky (Daily News shows a couple and so do abc News).

Turned out Kalinsky had four rolls of film with some 100 photos he'd taken at Elvis' second evening performance in The Garden but never printed. Well, better now then never!

Officials at Graceland were thrilled, and consider some of the photographs the most iconic ever taken. One of the shots, probably the most iconic of them all, showing Elvis holding out his cape, is proudly on display at Times Square, 36 feet tall. Talk about exposure!

In all of the photos Elvis seems to be in great shape in his "Porthole Suit," and you can almost feel the excitement just looking at them. I especially like this one, which presents a rather contemplating Elvis. (Or maybe I'm completely off the mark and he just sees something that he likes in the front row...)

For further impact while studying these lost photographs, play the accompanying "soundtrack," Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden. It makes you realise just how lucky those in the audience were to be part of that historical evening at Madison Square Garden, on June 10, 1972.

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