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Elvis lives! A trip to Las Vegas and a chance encounter with a Elvis impersonator and his classic ’56 pink caddie at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign lead to the eventual creation of this piece.
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Photography and art design by Edward M. Fielding
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In early March, 1955 Elvis bought his first Pink Cadillac. It was a pink and white 1954 Cadillac and provided transportation for Elvis and the Blue Moon Boys for about three months. The car went up in smoke when a brake lining caught fire, on the road between Hope and Texarkana, Ark. on June 5, 1955.

On July 7, 1955 Elvis purchased his second Pink Cadillac, a new 1955 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 60 in blue with black roof, to replace the Cadillac that was burned. He had the car repainted by a neighbor who designed a pink color for Elvis and named the color ‘Elvis Rose’. This is the one that he gave to his mother, probably the most famous car in the world. Gladys Presley would always proudly point to it as ‘her’ car.

Photographing for thirty years, I’ve experimented with alternative processes, 4 × 5 press cameras, and now digital photography. My work has appeared in Camera and Darkroom Magazine and Stuff Magazine. www.edwardfielding.com

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