Beyoncé Knowles Wrote the Foreword to the Upcoming 'Prince: A Private View' Photo Book [Photos]

A collection of photographs of the late Prince taken by Afshin Shahidi (yes, Yara Shahidi’s father — who happened to be Prince’s personal photographer) is being released later this year.

The book is called Prince: A Private View and EW got a first look at what to expect — including a foreword written by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.

 “Truth be told, the word ‘icon’ only scratches the surface of what Prince was and what he remains to me,” Bey writes.

via EW:

Shahidi was Prince’s friend for 20 years and photographer for 10, and Prince: A Private View — due out Oct. 17 — features photos and captions that reflect that relationship. The images range from intimate to candid to staged, and many of them have never been seen before. Shahidi was also the only photographer to shoot Prince’s 3121 private parties in Los Angeles.

Take a look at a few of the images selected for the book below.

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