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Prince’s very first photo session to be part of Los Angeles birthday exhibition

The owner of a gallery in Los Angeles is celebrating Prince’s birthday by staging an exhibition of the late music icon’s very first photo session.
Photographer Robert Whitman was commissioned to snap a local musician named Prince Rogers Nelson on the streets of his native Minneapolis, Minnesota after he landed a deal with producer Owen Husney and his partner Gary Levenson in 1977.
Prince was just 19 at the time.
Whitman agreed to photograph the wannabe for a press kit aimed at potential record companies after Levenson played him an early version of Soft and Wet on his car stereo.
The snapper captured the teenager in his Minneapolis studio, Husney’s Linden Hills Boulevard home and on the streets of downtown Minneapolis.
According to Mr. Musichead gallery owner Sam Milgrom, “Only 15 copies of the press kit were ever produced and otherwise, the photographs from these sessions have rarely been seen.
“These photographs are new, never-before-seen selects made by the photographer in 2013 from the three shoots taken in 1977. These pictures, Prince’s first with a professional photographer, mark an instrumental moment in his career.”
The Prince Pre-Fame 1977 exhibition will open on 7 June (17), on what would have been Prince’s 59th birthday.
The music legend died at his Paisley Park home in Minnesota in April, 2016.

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