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Ed Bonja & Buzz Aldrin at "Cinema For Peace" event in Berlin

As we reported yesterday, Elvis photographer Ed Bonja is in Berlin to set up his exhibition "Elvis! Elvis Who?" which will open its doors February 17, 2011 at 7 P.M.

In the meantime the "Berlinale" takes places and a lot of events are attended by worldwide-known celebrities. The VIPs who attended the "Cinema For Peace" event brought in personal items which were auctioned to help the victims of the Haiti 2010 earthquake. Ed Bonja was also on the guest list and donated one of his giclées and an original backstage pass from the 1970's for the Elvis Presley show.

During this event former astronaut and crew-member of Apollo 11, Buzz Aldrin, held a speech. Star photographer Jim Rakete took his chance to get Ed Bonja and the married couple Aldrin in front of his lense and took a snapshot!

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The Apollo 11 Crew - Buzz Aldrin (on the right)
© by NASA

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Buzz Aldrin during his speech
© by Ed Bonja

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Kunstraum Berlin

Exhibition "Elvis! Elvis Who?" by Ed Bonja & Peter Badge

A selection of the worldwide known Elvis-shots of Ed Bonja (Praytome Publishing) are presented in co-operation with photographer Peter Badge (Typos1 / "Nobel-Faces") in Berlin at the nhb Studios. A selection of the worldwide known Elvis-shots of Ed Bonja (Praytome Publishing) are presented in co-operation with photographer Peter Badge (Typos1 / "Nobel-Faces") in Berlin at the nhb Studios.

The opening takes place on February 17, 2011. The doors open at 7:00 P.M.

The photographers will open the ceremony and will be available for questions and answers. You will also have the chance to get your personal print signed by the artist. Regina Wiegand (Layout), André Mester (Editor) and Greg Retkowski (Producer) of Praytome Publishing will attend the Opening, too. As you may know, in the meantime the "Berlinale" takes places and the chance that some VIPs will visit the gallery as well, is very high. So be sure to come around and visit the exhibition.


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Author Charles Stone in the giftshop of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Memphis, TN

Author Charles Stone with his book "My Years with Elvis & The Colonel“ in the giftshop of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Memphis, TN

From the desk of Charles Stone

Author Charles Stone with his book "My Years with Elvis & The Colonel in the giftshop of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Memphis, TN In December 2010, after the sad news of the passing of singer Shaun Nielsen and Myrna Smith, we received another sad note about the death of Elvis' old budd Lamar Fike, who was with Elvis since the 1950's. In December 2010, after the sad news of the passing of singer Shaun Nielsen and Myrna Smith, we received another sad note about the death of Elvis' old budd Lamar Fike, who was with Elvis since the 1950's.

Charles Stone, author of the Praytome Publishing book "My Years with Elvis & The Colonel", told us the following: Bruce Jackson, a sound reinforcement pioneer and technology developer at Dolby, is missed since the last weekend when he was on a trip with his plane flying over Death Valley. Since he was on his own and so far no sign of life as been received, one can assume that Jackson was killed during a plane crash.

In the Elvis world Jackson is known for his work in the Elvis Tour crew from 1971-77 where he was in charge for the acoustics and the sound technology. Jackson can also be credited for taping dozens of the King's concerts. During the research for Charles Stone's book, photographer Ed Bonja (who works for Praytome Publishing) reestablished contact to Bruce Jackson. A lot of people tried to get in touch with Jackson, but he never gave detailed information about his time he had with the Elvis entourage. After having seen the quality of the Praytome Publishing products he offered to contribute information and pictures from his private collection. These pictures were published for the first time in "My Years With Elvis & The Colonel" which you can order by clicking here.

Jackson also was involved in the works for the upcoming Praytome Publishing book "Elvis on Tour '72" by Ed Bonja. As it seems, Jackson's involvement into this project can not be continued unfortunately.


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Interview with Glen D. Hardin and Ed Bonja

Peter Beines interviews Ed Bonja about the cover shot for the album "As Recorded at Madison Square Garden".

Event Elvis Classic in Wuppertal with VIPs Glen D. Hardin and Ed Bonja

Glen D. Hardin
On Saturday, September 5th, the event "Elvis-Classic" was held at the "Börse" in Wuppertal, Germany . Entertainer "King Eddy" and his big band "Vegas Connection" presented a rock ‘n roll concert of Elvis songs.

The highlight of the evening was having two original Elvis VIPs on hand. Glen D. Hardin, who worked for Elvis from 1970-75, accompanied more than 20 songs that evening and received big applause by the audience.

Ed Bonja, former tourmanager for Elvis and official photographer of the Elvis Presley Show from 1970-77, presented more than 30 different images of the king. Most of the 1970's album and single cover shots show Elvis photos taken by Ed Bonja.

During the intermission of the concert, there was a 20 minute interview with Glen D. Hardin and Ed Bonja.

Both Glen and Ed expressed surprise that more than 30 years after Elvis' passing, he is still making new fans. Back in 1977, they never thought that this could be possible one day.

As long as the fans are there and want to hear Elvis' music or have general interest in Elvis' life, Bonja and Hardin agreed, that they are happy to share their memories about Elvis and to keep on answering questions from the fans.


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Ed Bonja

Ed Bonja, the official photographer and
tourmanager for Elvis Presley started working for Praytome Publishing more than a year ago

Elvis On Tour '72 - Covering The Nation

"Elvis On Tour '72 - Covering The Nation"
is the working title for the first Ed Bonja book by Praytome Publishing

Ed Bonja is now fulltime employee at Praytome Publishing

"Praytome Publishing" has become famous for its world-wide book and DVD publications such as, “Behind The Image" (in co-operation with Bud Glass Productions) and "Elvis – Adrenaline".

In a very short time, this company has made an extremely positive name in the Elvis World. The expertise of the knowledgeable staff members is evident in the content of their publications.

Elvis fans are the lucky recipients of unpublished photographs, photographs which have been restored by their expert graphic artist and very rare Super 8 footage of Elvis, which has been expertly transferred and enhanced, using state-of-the-art procedures, so as to provide optimum quality to the fans.

Ed Bonja wrote the foreword for Sue McCasland’s book: World’s Best Kept Secret - Elvis live Del Webb’s Sahara Tahoe. Ed has since become a member of the Praytome Publishing team as a fulltime employee and technical advisor.

With his experiences, expertise and special inside knowledge about Elvis and the Elvis history, he can contribute in a unique way to the team’s productions. Additionally, in the context of his work, Ed had a very special, inside view of the world of Colonel Parker. It was the Colonel who invited Ed to bring his camera on tour to take photos of Elvis; so, Ed took nearly 10,000 photographs of Elvis, as well as of other events that took place during the tours.

With the current project, “Multimedia Box Set - Dixieland Delight," Ed has been acting as an advisor, and some of his photos will become part of the artwork for the box set.

Because the “Praytome Publishing" team works on several projects at the same time, the work on Ed Bonja’s own book has already started, with the working title "Elvis on Tour '72 - Covering The Nation".

Being a Praytome Publishing project, it is certain that the pictures will go through a complex restoration process and that the release will not be a regular picture book, but will contain never-before-told anecdotes by Ed, himself.


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