Playful, innocent, lonely? Is this the way we are meant to remember Elvis?
Yet this is what you sense about the Elvis Presley fans in Elvis Immortal. Here are images of people who responded to Polixeni Papapetrou’ s invitation to photograph them. They have posed themselves for her, Elvis impersonators, Elvis interpreters, Elvis archivists, Elvis followers, mourners at the Elvis memorial, enjoying Graceland in Melbourne. For her part, Papapetrou invites us to see how she transmits her subjects into the idealized dream worlds of their fantasy. And this is the magical element of Papapetrou’s photographs. Looking into their immaculately graded toning, we leave the snobbish and judgmental world of mainstream opinion on Elvis.