The iconic image that almost never was.. this third image from allen beaulieu’s book prince, before the rain is from a shoot familiar to fans worldwide. used on sleeves for various releases from the album 1999 as well as the single disc european version of the album the images are iconic, but they almost never happened!
allen explains that he set up the backdrop with the day and night windows ready for the shoot “i thought it was a great representation of that duel personality, the gemini, but prince took one look and hated it. he just left!” however, all was not lost, prince came back “he agreed to pose on the set, but there was a condition” allen continues “he would only let me shoot one roll of film”. luckily what was captured on that one roll of film was another classic prince/beaulieu collaboration and the resulting images are among the most loved pictures of prince ever taken 💜
prince, before the rain is published by the minnesota historical society press and is available from them at mhsp.org or via amazon worldwide #prince #prince4ever #allenbeaulieu #princebeforetherain #minnesotahistoricalsocietypress @minnesotahistoricalsociety #1999