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|FRED WARD CAPTURED HISTORY
July 28, 2016 - Miami Herald / Elvis Express Radio
|Fred Ward’s family affectionately dubbed him “the Indiana Jones of photojournalism.”
Ward, who died at his Malibu home on July 19 from Alzheimer’s at 81, earned the description for a 50-year photographic career that took him across the globe to shoot historical
figures, the embattled Everglades and his beloved gemstones.
Among the notables captured by Ward’s lens were political figures like presidents John F. Kennedy and Gerald Ford, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and the Soviet Union’s General
Secretary Leonid Brezhnev, civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and entertainers such as the Beatles, Barbra Streisand, Elizabeth Taylor and the King, Elvis Presley.
When Elvis Presley hit South Florida for a series of concerts at downtown Miami’s Olympia Theater in August 1956, Ward was there as an intern for the former Miami Daily News.
“The day editor told Fred, ‘You’re young. Go cover this guy, Elvis Presley,’ ” said his wife, Charlotte Ward, in an email to the Miami Herald. “Fred spent the day and evening at the
Olympia Theater with Elvis, capturing images that still have viability today.”
Indeed, Ward managed to find Presley in a pensive mood backstage, the star clad in black with his pant leg rolled up to reveal white loafers. Another caught The King singing
before an adoring throng of female fans.