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Prince‘s memory will live on in an upcoming book of photographs by Afshin Shahidi. Prince: A Private View is set to hit shelves this fall and another mega artist is writing the forward.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Beyoncé herself is penning the intro and thanks to a sneak peek, it appears she’s getting personal. “Truth be told, the word ‘icon’ only scratches the surface of what Prince was and what he remains to me,” she says in the forward. 

EW gave a first look of the book’s cover and two amazing photos inside. Shahidi was Prince’s photographer for ten years and friend for 20 years. The book will showcase photos and captions that reflect their relationship. Images will range from intimate to candid to The Purple One ripping the stage. Many of the photos have never been seen before. Shahidi was the only photographer who shot Prince’s 3121 private parties in L.A.

Prince: A Private View comes out October 17. You can check out the cover for the book below and see two images featured in it over at EW. 

 

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