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Rarely-seen photographs of the late Prince Rogers Nelson by Afshin Shahidi are featured in a new book Prince: A Private View, with a foreword by none other than Beyoncè.

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

The images range from intimate to candid to staged, and many have never been seen before, the website reports. Shahidi, the father of Black-ish star Yara Shahidi and Prince’s friend of two decades, was also the only photographer to shoot the artist’s private “3121” parties in Los Angeles. His photos and captions reflect their close relationship, EW reports.

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