A photo of a young and ambitious Elvis Presley tongue-kissing a girl backstage is among dozens of intimate portraits of the singer on display at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.
The photos were taken just as Presley was on the cusp of stardom - it was just days before money, managers and security closed around him and prohibited close access.
The images were taken by Alfred Wertheimer, a photographer who was hired to take publicity photos of Presley.
But he saw something interesting in the young man and wanted to stay around to take more photos.
He asked to tag along with Presley for a few days and the singer agreed.
Presley was snapped at home in Memphis with his parents, backstage after concerts with girlfriends, reading fan mail and recording his hit Hound Dog in studios in New York.
"There are shots of him actually recording Hound Dog which are amazing," the National Portrait Gallery's Maria Ramsden said.
"But there are also very intimate moments - kissing a girl backstage, time with his parents back home. It's beautiful.
"If you think you know Elvis, think again."
Several of the photos hint at Presley's sizzling sexuality and his skill for holding women in his thrall.
Perhaps the most interesting photos come from a series of shots taken as he caught the train back home to Memphis after his recording session in New York.
While he was already famous in Memphis he was largely unknown on the East Coast.
There are shots of him buying food at train stops where he is just another passenger amid the crowd.
He managed to travel unrecognised, for probably the last time in his life.