Prince

'Picturing Prince' book from Baltimore photographer offers rare glimpse of an enigmatic artist

'Picturing Prince' book from Baltimore photographer offers rare glimpse of an enigmatic artist

One of Steve Parke’s favorite photographs of Prince depicts the late musician “pretty scruffy” and unvarnished — at least for the famously put-together artist.

“I could tell he wasn’t wearing foundation makeup, which he always did. He was that whole package all of the time. I’m pretty sure he had eyeliner on, though. That was pretty much a given,” Parke said with a chuckle recently inside his Madison Park apartment and studio. “It’s about as raw as he got in a lot of ways.”

“Picturing Prince,” the Baltimore photographer’s new 240-page book, captures the artist the public never saw, but for whom Parke had a front-row seat as Prince’s art director for 13 years. Released in the...

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