Prince: A Private View

Prince: A Private View

Featuring a foreword by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. Afshin Shahidi met Prince in 1993 and soon became his cinematographer and later one of the only people allowed to photograph him. He collaborated with Prince longer than any other photographer. Afshin was the only photographer allowed to shoot the legendary 3121 private parties in Los Angeles that became the most sought after Featuring a foreword by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. Afshin Shahidi met Prince in 1993 and soon became his cinematogra...

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Title:Prince: A Private View
Author:Afshin Shahidi
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Genres:Nonfiction
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

Prince: A Private View Reviews

  • Alicen
    Apr 22, 2018
    Beautiful photos collected from one of Prince's former photographers. I would have loved more text on his experiences working with Prince and the context from some of the photos, but overall a lovely collection. ...
  • Jay Gabler
    Nov 01, 2017
    Beautiful, and fascinating. I reviewed Prince: A Private View for The Current. ...
  • Robin
    Oct 27, 2017
    Beautiful book. I did not expect the narrative. The dream sequences made me cry. ...
  • Beth
    Nov 28, 2017
    Wonderful pictures and stories! I only wish some of the fonts were slightly larger especially the dream stories. Some insight into what happened between 2011 and his death would have also helped in understanding this unique relationship. ...
  • Dana Pants
    Jan 06, 2018
    This is a beautifully moving and intimate look at Prince through the eyes of his personal photographer. The photos are stunning of course, but what really made this book so lovely were the brief anecdotes which accompanied the photos. This was a fitting tribute to an artist of this cal...
  • Wendy
    Jan 16, 2018
    I suppose you can barely call this "reading" since this is a photography book. But I find myself still really missing Prince in the world and found some solace in this beautiful, intimate photos. What a talent he was. ...
  • Robin
    Oct 24, 2017
    Prince's charisma comes through in these photos by his designated photographer. Also enjoyed the descriptions of how and where some of the photos were taken but could have done without the author's dream sequences. ...
  • Keysha
    Mar 25, 2018
    Prince: A Private View by Afshin Shahidi gives us access any groupie would fight for. We see vivid backstage moments, conversations, and performances of Prince and his band. With a forward by Beyonce, we learn of Prince as a man who poured into new talent at every opportunity. In my op...
  • Marisa Gettas
    Dec 10, 2017
    A peak inside Prince's rarefied world. Worth it alone to see who would attend parties at Prince's house (although that only takes up a few pages). If you are a die hard Prince fan, you want this in your collection. For all others, get it from the library or sift through it at the book ...
  • Rachel
    Apr 19, 2018
    Granted, this is being reviewed by a bonafide Prince junky, but honestly this book was both a delight to look at and to read. The author's close personal relationship with Prince - over 20+ years - gave him a wealth of experiences and conversations to re-tell, and he just painted such ...
  • Roxanne
    Dec 05, 2017
    As a fan of Prince, this was a treasure to read. I loved the photography but wish the font size was larger for printed material. Not sure about the author's own short dream segments? Distracted me. Wish there would have been a little more insight into his last few years. ...
  • Brie
    Oct 14, 2017
    As an artist/photographer, this book was very interesting to me. I loved looking at the images Afshin Shahidi captured of Prince and reading about them. It really was interesting to read Prince encouraged and allows Shahidi to grow as a photographer while working as a photographer for ...
  • False
    Feb 04, 2018
    The longest photographer collaborator with Prince provides a photographic history of Prince, with background information on the man, his music and the circumstances existent in the history of each shot. Prince didn't like doing anything more than once. That, in itself, could provide ch...
  • Blane
    Dec 07, 2017
    Although Prince was always a captivating subject for photography, I found the photos included in Shahidi's book to be to samey-samey. Plus (through no fault of his own, as Shahidi did not truly enter Prince's orbit until mid-late career), the pics do not capture Prince at the height of...
  • Melissa
    Oct 28, 2017
    Powerful forward by Beyoncé. Sweet, funny and interesting anecdotes from Shahdidi about his long working relationship and friendship with Prince. Photographs are absolutely stunning. Nice mix of portraits, concert photos and artistic reimaginings. Very thankful for this beautiful coll...
  • Andrea
    Dec 28, 2017
    Afshin Shahidi worked as Prince's private photographer for concert tours, parties, and album releases. This is a collection of his photographs and descriptions of the musings of Prince as he was invited to exotic locations on a whim, and Prince was inspired by the visuals around him. I...
  • Saleena Davidson
    Dec 02, 2017
    I love photography/art books and one with an author taking us behind the scenes? Yes please. And I did enjoy the pictures and the stories of how they were obtained, the little moments were awesome....what I didn't enjoy were the random dreams that the author inserted into the book. I h...
  • Heather Culley
    Mar 20, 2018
    That beautiful creature, so gentle and full of fun. I am surprised by how many drugstore cosmetics Prince used, rather than expensive bespoke products. ...
  • Monica
    Apr 20, 2018
    I am probably not the most critical reviewer of this book, given my love of its subject. The photographs were lush and gorgeous and new to me. The peeks into the interactions between the author (photographer) and Prince fascinating. If you are a fan, you will enjoy. ...
  • J.
    Jan 05, 2018
    This is a beautiful testimony to Prince, his beauty, his passion for music, his style, his charisma. I found the dream sequences odd at times but overall loved the poignant reflections and captions. The photos are amazing; so many took my breath away. Definitely a must for Prince fans....
  • La'Tonya Rease Miles
    Jan 01, 2018
    This book was a'iight. I can't decide if the target audience is for the lay fan or the hardcore one who needs to maintain her collection. To recap, these images are taken during the 3121/Musicology era, for the most part. He was also married to Manuela at this time and I am firmly Team...
  • Jak Krumholtz
    Dec 20, 2017
    Often when an artist passes there seems to be a flurry of merchandise put together last minute with no soul. Thankfully this was a great exception. Just a wonderful look at the relationship of two creatives and their friendship. ...
  • Rachel
    Jan 05, 2018
    The last book I read in 2017. I picked it up and could not put it down. Beautiful photos of a talented, amazing musician. Yes I'm a fan!! This book is tribute from a photographer who not only worked with Prince, but became is friend. Love it. ...
  • Tasha Clark
    Feb 09, 2018
    LOVED the pics of Prince... some almost made me cry. ALL made me regret never having been to one of his concerts. Didn't realize until the acknowledgements at the end that he was Yara Shahidi's dad... was pleasantly surprised and I'm sure that she is proud of him before, during and aft...
  • Dawn Lindquist
    Jan 01, 2018
    In addition to beautiful photographs of a beautiful man, this book includes a surprisingly touching foreword by Beyoncé. The behind-the-scenes details are somewhat interesting; perhaps they would be more compelling for a fellow photographer. ...
  • Leslie M.
    Oct 27, 2017
    Prince?s former photographer has created a book that is a must-have for any Prince fan. The photos and stories provide an inside look at an artist famous for keeping his life quite private. This book is put together beautifully, and it includes a number of lesser-known photos (which ...
  • Miranda Kate
    Dec 25, 2017
    This is a photographic book, the collection of which has been mostly unseen before Prince's death. Taken by a personal photographer, they cover the years of 2002 until 2011. He does explain some of them, describing the situation or what took place, and there is a full index of places a...
  • Nicole Ambrosino
    Dec 26, 2017
    A friend gave me this photo book of rare pictures of Prince. The author of the book was a photographer/ friend of Prince who took photos of him for more than 20 years. It includes many candid shots and stories. This book is an absolute treasure. ...
  • Sophie Robinson
    Jan 04, 2018
    Has to be read while listening to Prince. A glimpse of his eccentricity is golden. The pictures capture his essence in a purified way. Shahidi really did give us a private view. ...
  • Candice Marie
    Jun 20, 2018
    It?s PRINCE! Nothing bad could be said about this man! This book shows the sensual, fun, and most intimate moments of Prince. You laugh and you may tear up (I know I did) because it makes you feel as if you were there to experience every moment. I love it. ?? R.I.P Prince ?...