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Prince: A Private View by [Afshin Shahidi, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter]

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About the Author

AFSHIN SHAHIDI, an Iranian-born, American photographer and filmmaker, has worked worldwide on a depth and variety of projects, ranging from films and documentaries, to music videos and commercials. Early in his career, he worked as a camera assistant on Prince’s music video sets in Minnesota. Afshin lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children and continues to create art at any and all cost, in the spirit of his mentor. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B06XWHT36K
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ St. Martin's Press (October 24, 2017)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 24, 2017
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 244334 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 213 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Reviewed in the United States on October 29, 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars Are you willing to do the work?
By K. Williams on October 24, 2017
The One Nite Alone time period from roughly 2001-2003 is my favorite time period from Prince. My favorite albums that go #1 and #2 for me are One Nite Alone Piano and Voice and The Rainbow Children. I have spent COUNTLESS HOURS and coins collecting every single artifact from this time period…like thousands of dollars of buying vinyl, art, and media, and dozens upon dozens of boots from this time.

So you can imagine my EXTREME EXCITEMENT knowing that Afshin Shahidi was the official photographer of this time period and knowing he was putting out a book. This was MY BOOK that I pre-ordered as soon as it was announced! I even spent a good chunk of money on his Prince in Hawaii book as well because it was fringe my time period.

I was avoiding spoilers left and right that were being posted to social media. I wanted my experience to be a shock with each turn of the page…an emotional experience….a cathartic experience…a “Princely” experience. NO SPOILERS I WANT TO HAVE REACTIONS WITH EACH TURN OF THE PAGE!

I had plans…for 8 months…I would create environment, candles, incense from Salish Winds, his preferred incense place, wine, my favorite album One Nite Alone playing in the background…Salish winds essential oils in my bath even. THIS WAS ABOUT TO BE A TRUE PRINCE EXPERIENCE.

I read the book by candlelight.

I cannot tell you how much of a special experience this was.

I laughed….I didn’t cry…but what I felt the most was MOTIVATION.

I’d had a rough day at work, and was actually considering waiting until I had a less stressful day so I could be fully present in this experience I’d planned for 8 months, but I’m glad I just did it.

I jokingly call Prince my “Fairy God Boyfriend” or my “Professor” but this book…solidified him as my Professor.

Strong feelings of “I am not doing enough” and “it’s 100% okay to have high standards of performance and not feel bad about that” and “just because ‘society’ has a lower bar of acceptability…and you know your own bar is higher than that, doesn’t mean you can relax. Perform at YOUR level of standard no matter what.”

Where before I was nervous about this book because it covered my favorite era and of course Prince is beautiful…it wasn’t about that at all…for me it was a kick in the butt to get busy..not living, but WORKING. He spent his whole life WORKING without compromise…."Get on the boat" or get left.

Having that kind of work ethic is okay. Never be ashamed about that. WORK.

I am soooo soooo motivated now….you only get one life. You only get one first time….so make the most of it. Never skimp on opportunities to live. Always “do the most”. You deserve nothing less that that…and you should never expect anything less than the best.

Thank you Afshin for conveying this as a witness to his genius. And thank you Professor Nelson, for providing this example.

Are YOU willing to do the work?
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Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars Art Fit For A Prince
By Paisley Princess on October 27, 2017
For the last 18 months it’s been hard for a rabid Prince fan like me to find joy, and when I ordered “Prince: A Private View” I knew I’d been in for a treat (Afshin Shahidi is a top-notch photographer who did amazing work with Prince, as we see in the book). There’s no question about it: this book has some of the most stellar photography I’ve seen. Absolutely stunning, and blows all those other post-Prince photography books away.

Reading “Prince: A Private View” sent me to Prince’s heaven, with each page bringing me back to memories of tours, concerts, and music. It was good to feel the giddy-obsession I once had of Prince without breaking down in tears, but there’s always “Man, wish he were here to see this.”

If you’re looking for that perfect book that embodies who Prince truly was, this is it.
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Regan Seven
5.0 out of 5 stars Just like it’s subject - This Book is EVERYTHING! 💜
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 1, 2017
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Peter Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential photo collection for Prince fans
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 2, 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars 💜Forever a purple warrior 💜 The ultimate insight
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 2, 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Coffee Table book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 29, 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the price.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 6, 2017
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