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Elvis: The Personal Archives. With the cooperation of Elvis’ estate, respectful of his legacy, and designed as an amazing pop-culture artifact itself, this is the ultimate Elvis collectible. Jeff Scott had unprecedented access to Elvis’ personal possessions and property, and the cooperation of Graceland, to create a complex portrait of the music legend beyond kitsch. He resurrects Elvis through his possessions, revealing the humanity behind the celebrity veneer, including:
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* Elvis’ gold bedside telephone * the TV with a bullet hole through the screen * his mobile phone
Beginning in 2000, with the cooperation of the Elvis Presley Enterprises, artist Jeff Scott gained unlimited access to Elvis’s personal artifacts to create a complex portrait of the music legend through his belongings. Scott’s images reveal the humanity of Elvis behind the recognizable celebrity veneer.As an example, the way Scott juxtaposes a gun from Elvis' collection and vanity police badges reveals a fundamental rift between Presley’s rebellious reputation and his interest in law enforcement. Other photos in the book include the gold bedside telephone, the TV with a bullet hole though the screen and the travel trunk filled with scarves still in their dry cleaning plastic. These provide a rare portrayal of Elvis’s inner life, placing the public man in an intimate context. Throughout, Scott explores our complex relationship with modern celebrity culture and the ways in which our possessions and material objects outlive us to tell our story.
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