Channel Photographics proudly announces the release of Elvis: The Personal Archives, a unique first book by artist Jeff Scott with text by renowned art historian, E.A. Carmean, Jr.
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's 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.
Jeff Scott is known for his dramatic imagery of America’s historic and cultural landscape and his work is in the permanent collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, the Smithsonian, Disneyland, Ralph Lauren, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. For a peek at the book and more information about it, go to www.workhousepr.com. For more information on Jeff Scott visit www.Jeffscottstudio.com and www.jayetkingallery.com
E.A. Carmean, Jr., the art historian, includes among his books Great Decade of American Abstraction: Modernist Art, 1960 to 1970.
Elvis: The Personal Archives
Hardcover: 120 pages
Publisher: Channel Photographics LLC (October 1, 2005)