With over 600,000 snap happy visitors a year, you can imagine that Elvis Presley’s infamous Graceland mansion is pretty well documented. But it takes someone truly special to photograph something famous and still make it seem brand new, which is why we’re glad that Hedi Slimane – lover of rock and roll, and young, good-looking, rebellious men – took a trip to Elvis’ Memphis home late last year and brought his camera along.
We’ve long been fans of Hedi’s monochromatic, star-studded, sweat covered online diary and have written about it a few times, but this little nugget of a day trip he made to a tourist site is just proof that when Hedi wants to stop photographing teenagers going nuts on stage for a minute and do a rather tender series like this, he totally comes into his own. This may look simple, but not many people could photograph a home like this with such dark energy and significance. Not many at all.
On another note, how much does Graceland look like the house from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air?