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Picturing Prince: An Intimate Portrait

Steve Parke

Steve Parke was Prince’s close friend and Paisley Park’s art director since 1988. Throughout the 1990s he designed the artwork for many of Prince’s albums, namely; Chaos And Disorder, Emancipation, Crystal Ball and Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic. He also designed the merchandise and sets for Prince’s tours and videos of that period. The book is released to mark the first anniversary of Prince’s death.


Picturing Prince sees the late icon’s former art director, Steve Parke, revealing stunning intimate photographs of the singer from his time working at Paisley Park. At least half of the images in the book are exclusively published here for the first time; most other images in the book are rare to the public eye.

Alongside these remarkable images are fifty engaging, poignant and often funny written vignettes by Parke, which reveal the very human man behind the reclusive superstar: from shooting hoops to renting out movie theatres at 4am; from midnight requests for camels to meaningful conversations that shed light on Prince as a man and artist.


Steve Parke
6 April 2017

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