Picturing Prince: Photographs by Steve Parke features rare and intimate prints by the musicians’ art director.
Offering a rare insight into the musician’s life, the show displays intimate portraits of the icon, corroborating his flamboyant nature and playful characteristics. Prince first met Steve Park in his own studio and estate, Paisley Park, where he asked him to be his official photographer. He became Prince’s art director for thirteen years and shot over 500 photographs. The exhibition shares some of these exclusive pictures alongside Steve’s new photographic book ‘Picturing Prince’.
“I noticed his demeanour was a world apart from his usual one: he just seemed utterly relaxed and at peace.”
Showing this month, the series commemorates the musician by looking into the artist’s humanistic side while also exploring the connection between artist and director. Impromptu shoots on Prince’s estate shows many different sides of the artist that only a friend such as Parke was allowed to capture. Parke gives an insight about one of the photographs:
‘I knew I was pushing it, but I thought the shot would be worth it. He stepped back and back and back. I can only imagine he was starting to sink, but he didn’t seem to mind. “That’s great,” I said finally. As I looked through the lens, I noticed his demeanour was a world apart from his usual one: he just seemed utterly relaxed and at peace.”
They worked together to create the image that is Prince: icon, inspiration and a truly unique artist. Parke’s work also involved the 1990 Graffiti Bridge painting and much more illustrations during the time he worked with the artist.
The exhibition runs from 9th November to 3rd December at Proud Central Gallery, London.