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Book Review PRINCE Pre Fame The Photographs of Robert Whitman Introduction by Spike Lee

By Jimmy Steinfeldt
Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 8/29/18 – Prince Pre Fame is a marvelous collection of photographs from the first professional photo shoot of Prince.
Robert  Whitman was the photographer and soon would establish himself as a leading fashion photographer known especially for his beautiful black and white photographs.
But It was 1977 and neither Whitman or Prince were known yet to the wider world. The photographs were shot on location, and at Whitman’s studio.
The photographs were used in the press kit that Prince and his manager Owen Husney presented to record labels. This led to Prince getting the biggest record deal ever at that time for a new artist.
Perhaps the best known photograph and certainly the most unique is the photo of Prince standing in front of a wall of music notes. This mural was on the side of the Schmitt Music store in downtown Minneapolis. Adding to the charm of this photo is the older lady in the background looking on with a bewildered expression.
Robert Whitman talks photographing Prince Pre-Fame and the Common Humanity

Another location was the cozy setting of Mr. Husney’s home. Prince posing with piano, guitar, and in some shots with Husney’s dog.

The studio photographs are truly revealing. The studio gave Whitman the opportunity to really get inside his 19 year old subject. Any outside distractions were eliminated when Whitman and Prince were one on one in the studio. Looking into Prince’s eyes one can see a curious, inquisitive, shy yet confident young man. In one special photograph Whitman used a wonderful halo light to accent Prince’s hair.
PRINCE Pre Fame contains virtually every photograph shot and includes 18 proof sheets and 67 enlargements plus a view of the original 1977 press kit. The text is also terrific. Whitman describes each photo session. Legendary director Spike Lee wrote the introduction. Prince’s business manager Gary Levinson shares significant notes from his diary about the earliest days of Prince.
Prince, Before the Fame, Shown in New Photo Exhibition

If you are a big fan of Prince you may wish to buy two copies of this limited edition book. One for yourself and one for a friend who is also a big fan of Prince!

PRINCE Pre Fame. Limited edition of 1200. Each copy is signed by photographer Robert Whitman
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