- 6 Sep 2019 9:55 AM
Afshin Shahidi collaborated with Prince longer than any other photographer: He met the artist in 1993 at Paisley Park when he was called out on a music video shoot, and soon after became his cinematographer and photographer.
Born in Mashad, Iran and moving to the frosty climate of Minneapolis at the young age of seven, Shahidi initially entered the customary profession of engineering.
But whilst climbing the career he had chosen, it was his mother’s dark room that he enjoyed spending time in – and that’s where he found his calling and leaped to change his vocation.
After trialling his work, Prince did not hesitate to ask Shahidi to become part of his team, capturing the illustrious artist in concert and at play, in highly styled settings and in candid situations.
Shahidi travelled with Prince from Panama, to Morocco, to London and beyond. The relationship between the two swayed from professionalism to debating social and spiritual affairs as a trusted companion, as well as late night chatter.
The personal and professional photographs of Prince are enriched with veiled captions that give texture and context to the work together. The stories in the images, some intimate, some intense, others funny, are heartfelt and complete, and together reflect the essence of a beloved artist.
Shahidi hopes his photographs will give the public a renewed appreciation for the late performer, and recalls of Prince:
“He became my mentor, business partner, travel companion, collaborator, and, most importantly, my friend. He took it upon himself to encourage me to see the world as a place of opportunities, not limitations. He taught by example. I knew I had to grow as a photographer, both technically and artistically – I had no choice. My subject was, unequivocally, the most talented musician of our time.”
Thursday (October 3): 11 am – 7 pm
Friday (October 4): 11 am – 9 pm
Saturday (October 5): 11 am – 7 pm
Sunday (October 6): 11 am – 7 pm
Millenáris Cultural Center
1024 Budapest, Kis Rókus u. 16.
Photo courtesy of the organisers