shooting hoops, renting out movie theaters at 4 a.m. and
lounging around Paisley Park are all moments Baltimore
photographer Steve Parke has captured in his latest
book, "Picturing Prince: An Intimate
53-year-old Canton, Md., resident, who was Prince’s
art director for over a decade, has compiled a book of
rare photos he took of Prince while working for the late
musician. At least half of the photos have never been
published, Parke said.
book will be released in the United Kingdom on April 6,
and Parke expects it to be available in the U.S. around
the same date.
hardcover book will include photos of Prince doing
everyday activities along with 50 vignettes by Parke
describing the moments he shared with the musician
between 1988 and 2001. Sheila E., Prince’s former
fiancee and drummer, wrote the foreword.
has a very off-the-cuff feel and a down-to-earth feel
and less of a setup, because, in fact, that’s what we
did. It wasn’t very planned," Parke said of the
photographed Prince with early digital camera equipment,
which allowed him to take photos on the run without much
of it is just getting at the core of him as a
person," Parke said. "Sometimes you don’t
get that feel because when they’re a public
personality, what they’re like from a day-to-day
[perspective] is very different."
remembers legendary musician Prince
pays tribute to legendary musician Prince, who passed
away on Thursday.
was inspired to compile his archived photos of Prince
after the "Purple Rain" singer’s unexpected
death in April. Parke posted some photos on Facebook
after the news broke, and said he got a great response.
has since spent the past few months sifting through
around 550 images of Prince, narrowing down and editing
the selection for the book. The book is nearly finished,
good thing about the images is everything I have is
stuff that Prince was OK with. He and I would go through
them and choose ones to keep and which ones to get rid
of," Parke said.
photos were shot with older equipment, which was
"not in all honesty the best stuff,"* Parke
said. But he’s spent time editing and enhancing some
photos, putting others in black and white.
book, published by U.K.-based Cassell, is already up for
presale on Amazon UK and was listed as the No. 18 most
popular book in the Arts, Architecture and Photography
category as of Monday afternoon.