Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1945. Ed graduated from California State University, Los Angeles in 1970, majoring in Industrial Arts and French. A year of post-graduate studies culminated in a California Standard Teaching Credential. Ed first met Thomas A Parker (not yet ĎColonelí) in Chicago in the late 1940ís through his uncle, Tom Diskin. The entire Bonja family grew up knowing Tom Parker and his wife, Marie, as Uncle Tom (later Uncle Colonel) and Aunt Marie. While working for the Colonel during the filming of the movie GIRL HAPPY in June of 1964, Ed first met Elvis at a surprise birthday party Elvis gave for the Colonel at MGM Studios in Culver City, California. When Elvis and the Colonel made the decision in 1970 to start doing live concert tours again, the Colonel asked Ed, his brother, Ron, and a couple cousins to come along on the tours and ďhelp outĒ in any way needed to assure the tours ran smoothly Ė from loading and unloading equipment from trucks and planes, to selling Elvis Souvenirs at the concerts. The Colonel knew that Ed had just begun studying photography, and he suggested that Ed bring his camera on that first tour in September of 1970 and feel free to take all the pictures he wanted; and that was the start of his taking several thousand photographs of Elvis Presley over the next five years. After completing his college post-graduate work in 1971, Ed went to work on a full-time basis as an assistant to the Colonel and as the Elvis Presley Show Tour Manager and Photographer until April of 1977. During the 1970ís, Edís photographs were used for all the souvenir books, posters, buttons and publicity shots that were seen and sold at Elvis Concerts and Las Vegas/Lake Tahoe Engagements. Edís first record album cover was ELVIS As Recorded Live At Madison Square Garden, released in June of 1972. His photos appear on the covers of dozens of Elvisí LP Albums, Single Sleeves and CDís. In the 1970ís Box Set (THE ESSENTIAL 70íS MASTERS) RCA/BMG used twenty-six of Edís photographs; and four of the five cover shots used for the individual CDís for that set were also Edís photos. The remake of Elvisí MOODY BLUE CD by RCA/BMG features seven of Edís photographs. Edís photos are famous the world over.
Mahogany-Framed Prints: Size 14 1/4 x 17 1/4" Limited Edition of 300 prints
Each print is signed & numbered......................$69.95 + $9.95 Insured S&H
Black-Framed Lithographics: Frame Size: 25 x 29" - Print Size: 16x20"
Gold & White Framed Giclees printed on Canvas - Size: 27 x 39"
(Canvas Giclees also available in plain black frame... $699.00 + $29.95 S&H
Unframed Lithographs: Size: 10 1/2 x 13"........................$20.00 + $2.00 S&H