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Hear Jeff talk about photo sessions with Prince.
Jeff Katz Talks to
SIGN ☮️ THE TIMES
“Katz’s connection to the record runs deep. He shot its now iconic cover, and the rerelease comes with a portfolio of never before seen images of Prince from the photo sessions and beyond.”
Cover Interview With Jeff Katz
* Link for English Translation Below
"I was the lens
that captured the image that Prince
wanted to convey to the world.”
RS ☞ The sexiest photos of Prince took place during their time together - later he would publish less suggestive photos, probably also because he is getting older like all of us. Do you think that Prince would have had completely different pictures taken had it not been you but a woman who took his picture?
JEFF ☞ No. Prince didn't look at the world like that. He was open to everything. He didn't look any different just because I was a man. He did what he did. He didn't care about gender. Look, as a live musician, Prince didn't make a distinction between performing for men and women. Prince didn't take the pictures for me.
I was the lens that captured the image
he wanted to convey to the world. 🌏
🔺HOUSEQUAKE ☞ Jeff Katz 20 Questions!
🔴 HOUSEQUAKE hosted a 20 question Q&A with Jeff.
Questions were submitted by their members.
Jeff worked with Prince on over 50 photo sessions,
along with capturing his film “Under The Cherry Moon”.
Hear what Jeff has to say here at ☞
Jeff Katz's Best Photograph”
The Guardian ☞ Feature Article
Jeff Katz ☞
“He [Prince] put some music on a small boombox, and told me he was good to go. Within three rolls of film, I knew I had the shot.
I captured exactly what I set out to achieve: something simple, dramatic and iconic. The way the delicacy of his face offsets the muscularity of his stomach and the drama of his hand gestures makes this photo special for me. It ended up on the cover of his album Parade.
It was the start of more than a decade photographing Prince. I’ve worked with people of immense talent throughout my career, but nobody compares to him. Prince was Prince from the moment he woke up to the moment he went to sleep: he was meticulous in his art at every moment.”
THE BEAUTIFUL ONES
"That's the first thing 👁 can remember.
U know how U can tell when someone is smiling just by looking in their eyes? That was my mother's eyes. Sometimes she would squint them like she was about to tell you a secret. 👁 found out later my mother had a lot of secrets.
My father's piano. That's the first thing 👁 remember hearing. As a younger man his playing was very busy but fluid it was a joyous sound.
The eyes and the ears of a songwriter can never get enough praise.
The ways things look & the way things sound, when conveyed lyrically, can give a song space & gravity."
And so it begins . . .
🕊 By Prince
This is the photograph that Prince picked for his passport, on page 238, from the Jeff Katz Parade photo session. September of 1985, in Nice, France.
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Photographed By Jeff Katz
PAISLEY PARK CELEBRATION 2019
Jeff stands surrounded by his photographs from "Under The Cherry Moon" motion picture. "The Celebration" is a remarkable yearly event held at Paisley Park celebrating the life and artistry of Prince.
From the 'Official Prince' Instagram:
"Photographer Jeff Katz captured iconic images of Prince in the late 1980s and early '90s, including the cover art for Parade, Sign o' the Times, and Lovesexy. He returned to Paisley Park this week for #PrinceCelebration2019, and sat down with former Paisley Park president and manager Gilbert Davison for his first public interview ever. After sharing stories and images with the Celebration audience, he visited Paisley Park's Under the Cherry Moon Room to immerse himself in the unforgettable images he created with Prince. @officialpaisleypark Jeff Katz Photography"