Robert Whitman is a world-renowned photographer whose work is known for its intimate portrayals of his subjects both famous and private. In this portrait of the young Prince before his fame, the equally young 28-year-old Whitman captured the shy young musician in a playful and casual way. As Whitman says of Prince “Middle Finger” (1977), “The photos were to be used for a press kit to hopefully land him a recording contract. There were three sessions; my studio, his manager's home, and the streets of Minneapolis. This is one of my favorite shots of Prince.”


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Many people first pick up a camera to record their passions whatever they may be. But sooner or later, the best of them find that photography itself is their real passion. That's true of Robert Whitman. Along the way, he found not just a pastime, but a way of life. As a free spirit traveling the world after college, Robert found that with his camera he had entree to people and places he never would have encountered. He's been on a life long journey of discovery ever since, with stops in Brazil, Cuba, Punta del Este, The Alps, Russia, Myanmar and Mexico, just to name a few. Photographing people from all over, young and old, rich or poor, Robert has the ability to reveal the common humanity that unites us all. And he's had a lot of fun along the way. It's been a great trip.

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Prince (Middle Finger), 1977
Lot Number 7
Gallery C-Print
Work: 36 x 24 in (91.44 x 60.96 cm)
Frame: 40 x 30 in (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
1 of 10
Courtesy of artist
Signed on recto

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Prince (Middle Finger)
  • Dimensions
    36 x 24 in (91.44 x 60.96 cm)