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Virgil Apger (American, 1903-1994), Portrait of Elvis Presley for the MGM film "Jailhouse Rock", ca. 1957

Virgil Apger (American, 1903-1994), Portrait of Elvis Presley for the MGM film "Jailhouse Rock", ca. 1957

Item Description:

Silver halide print on heavy photo paper, taken ca. 1957 and printed from the original large-format negative ca. late 1950s, the words "Elvis Presley" inscribed in pencil


Needs to be flattened, bumps to the edges, toned, please contact for specific condition questions and to request a full condition report.


Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios, California

Private collection, California


Height 20 in.

Width 16 in.

About The Artist:

Virgil Apger began his career working at Paramount as an assistant to his brother in law, Robert Richee, then head of Paramount's Portrait Studio. In 1930, Apger became an assistant to Clarence Sinclair Bull at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM). Apger became head of the prestigious MGM Portrait Gallery in 1947, where he was a still photographer for Hollywood films including Point Blank (1967), The Wizard of Oz (1939), Some Came Running (1958) and That Forsythe Woman (1949). Apger's images were more reserved than the glamorous work of his MGM predecessors Ruth Harriet Louise and George Hurrell, and were celebrated for their accessible elegance.

During his forty years at MGM, Apger photographed all of the major Hollywood stars, including Greta Garbo, Judy Garland, Clark Gable, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Crawford, and Esther Williams. He was an industry favorite and frequently shot cover images for American magazines including Life, Look, and Photoplay. Apger is the only Hollywood photographer who has received an Academy Award; he was awarded "Best Posed Production Still" at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Second Annual Still Show for a shot of Greer Garson from the film Mrs. Miniver (1942). Apger retired from MGM in 1969, and he died in San Diego, California, in 1994.

Apger took this image of Elvis Presley (1935-1977) as a promotional still for the MGM film Jailhouse Rock (1957) co-staring Judy Tyler. Elvis gained millions of fervent female fans in January 1956 after his first RCA single ''Heartbreak Hotel'' was released in the United States, and quickly became an American icon and household name. Today, Elvis is among the most-loved performers in American history.


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Virgil Apger (American, 1903-1994), Portrait of Elvis Presley for the MGM film "Jailhouse Rock", ca. 1957

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