I should point out that we are aware that Elvis Presley was not a North Carolinian. Nonetheless, there is a fantastic early portrait of him in “Carolina Faces,” an exhibit of photographs by Don Sturkey on display now in the North Carolina Collection Gallery. The Elvis photograph shows the young singer outside of the Charlotte Coliseum before a concert there in 1956.
Sturkey was a longtime photographer for the Charlotte Observer and was named the national newspaper photographer of the year in 1961. The exhibit up now displays a broad selection of compelling, personal images from Sturkey’s collection. Don Sturkey will give a free public lecture in conjunction with the exhibition on Thursday, March 22, at 5:45 p.m. in Wilson Library.