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Photographs from Graceland
Ralph Burns

On the first anniversary of the death of the King of Rock and Roll, at the flash point of Elvis Presley’s rebirth into the popular imagination, photographer Ralph Burns began his seventeen year examination of the yearly visitations of pilgrims to Graceland. How Great Thou Art: Photographs From Graceland documents an obsession.

Through its black and white photographs, How Great Thou Art presents a complex meditation upon the fans who helped a man become in death the “Greatest Entertainer in the World.” Through its text panels, How Great Thou Art offers insight into the cult of Elvis by use of the words of the fans themselves. Between word and image, through language and photography, How Great Thou Art explores the complex emotions that compel fans to return to Graceland time and again.

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All photographs and electronic derivatives are © Ralph Burns, 1996 -- all rights reserved. How Great Thou Art: Photographs from Graceland was organized by DB&A Exhibition Management. This web site is designed and maintained by the UCR/California Museum of Photography, © 1996 Regents of the University of California.