Werner Mansholt: Elvis Never Dies
German photographer, Werner Mansholt‘s new project documents a festival inspired by the very American icon, Elvis Presley and interpreted and celebrated in Bad Nauheim, Germany, where Elvis spent time as a soldier. Werner captures attendees that feel far from German, but instead could be born and raised in Tennessee.
Werner Mansholt lives and works in Darmstadt, Germany. He studied law and political science and worked as a labour lawyer. His work has been exhibited in Germany (Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, Darmstadt, and other cities), Finland, Georgia, Poland, and was published internationally in magazines, calendars, newspapers, almanacs, and books/catalogues. In 2013, he published the book, Besuch bei Detlef Kraft (with a text by Celina Lunsford). His awards include: Honorable Mention MIFA (Moskow) 2014; Honorable Mention PAA 2014 (Prague); Honorable Mention PRO Lucie-Award (Los Angeles); Shortlist Fotofestival Schömberg 2013; Shortlist Tbilisi Kolga-Festival 2012 (Georgia); shortlist Athens Photofestival 2012; Honorable Mention at Prix de la Photographie, Paris 2007; Honorable Mention, Lucie-Award, Los Angeles 2007. He is a member of Fotografie Forum Frankfurt.
Elvis Never Dies
The series documents a community of Elvis Presley fans celebrating the European Elvis-festival in the German town of Bad Nauheim. Elvis lived here between 1958 and 1960 during his service in the US-Army. Trying to relieve the period, people dressed up in 1960s fashion, meet up and parade restored Cadillacs and other cars of the decade.
The town is awash with Elvis merchandise and memorabilia; musical bands play the “King of Rock’s” old songs.
Presley was born in 1935 and died in 1977.
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