QUOTE (Jouni @ Jan 6 2009, 07:39 PM)
I've always found Sean Shaver a bit confusing when it comes to Elvis photos. As you already mentioned, he has used other photographers pictures in his books, without stating/giving the credit to the original photographer. Don't know if there's any truth to this, but I remember reading that Shaver didn't even take all his "own" photos, but he had "assistants" who took pictures for him ....... though maybe it was just a reference to the fact that he got/traded(?) pictures with other Elvis photographers, and without giving them the proper credit when he published them, they're now Shaver's pictures. Don't know, but usually when I see a picture that is credited to Sean, it's usually a top notch shot (quality- and Elvis-wise).
Never really got why he had to alter/fake pictures, either. With such a massive and great collection of photographs, why do you have to make people believe that you have something even more spectacular, only for people to find out (years later?) that the pictures were fake (ie. the red version of the "Blue Nail" jumpsuit... the "alternate fringe suit" from 1970...). Now, I don't want to say that Shaver is complete crook or something, as I have never even met the guy... just a bit... maybe selfish would be the right word, given the reasons above...?
I'm sure he'd have some great stories to tell from the years he followed Elvis around on tour across america... would be great to read his memories one day. By the way, memphis77, do you know why Sean has basically completely disappeared from the Elvis world? I believe he hasn't been "in the spotlight" in many, many years, correct?
very good points made here jouni , i have no idea why he hasn't bin in the spotlight for many years last i read/heard he was in ill health , and yes he did use other people at times to take photos of E.P. i know my good friend photog john gadore was one of them especially for the terra haute performance in 75.