- Posted August 21, 2012 by
Bad Nauheim, Germany
Remembering Elvis with Ed Bonja
Ed Bonja was Elvis' photographer from 1970-1977 and took Elvis' last "official" photo. In this rare sit-down interview, he takes the time out of his busy event schedule to tell me more about how he met Elvis, and what it was like to know and work with "the King." Between 1970-1977, Ed took more than 10 000 photographs of Elvis.
Bad Nauheim, the tiny "spa town" in Germany is where Elvis lived from 1958-1960 while he did his American Army service. Thus, it is also the only city outside US that he actually lived for any period of time. As a result, the town itself has built up a number of fans itself. Many people come just to see the famout spots around town -- places where Elvis has been pictured in photos, where he lived, etc.
This is the 11th annual European Elvis Festival, and it grows every year. Some of the attendees come to the event not only because they love Elvis but also because they love reminiscing the lifestyle of that era.
Ed Bonja took the photos that appear in this video and provides full permission for himself and his pictures to appear in this CNN iReport, and to be used on CNN.
Filmed at European Elvis Festival August 19, 2012
See a full report of the event and its fans:
The bells in the background are a typical sound of the city, as it is filled with old churchs.