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Check out the first images from 'Prince: A Private View,' plus Beyoncé's foreword

Beyoncé, left, and Prince perform together at the Grammy Awards in 2004. Bey penned the foreword to a new book of photographs of the late pop superstar. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP/Getty Images)
Beyoncé, left, and Prince perform together at the Grammy Awards in 2004. Bey penned the foreword to a new book of photographs of the late pop superstar. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP/Getty Images)

If the promise of never-before-seen Prince portraits weren't tempting enough, Afshin Shahidi's "Prince: A Private View" gives you another reason to check it out: a foreword by Beyoncé.

The forthcoming photography book pays tribute to the late pop icon who famously kept his private life exactly that.

Shahidi was a close friend of Prince's for the better part of 20 years and served as his photographer for 10. In the aftermath of his untimely death last year at age 57, Shahidi has unearthed images that showcase Prince in moments both intimate and public.

 (Afshin Shahidi)
(Afshin Shahidi)

Gearing up for the book's October launch, Entertainment Weekly teased a preliminary glimpse of Shahidi's images Monday, as well as a tidbit of Queen Bey's prologue.

"Truth be told, the word 'icon' only scratches the surface of what Prince was and what he remains to me," the "Lemonade" singer writes in her introduction. 

 (St. Martin's Press)
(St. Martin's Press)

Bey shared the stage with her mentor in 2004, when the duo performed a medley of their respective hits during the Grammy Awards. She later recounted the performance during a 2012 interview and made no effort to mask her awe. 

"I was on the stage with Prince? Are you serious?" she said. "Of course I was terrified to be working with him. Walking into rehearsals, I was just so overwhelmed and nervous and starstruck. We rehearsed every day for an hour for a week, instead of six hours the day before. That was so smart, it was Prince's idea – I guess he knows people are starstruck because he's so amazing."

"Prince: A Private View" is due out Oct. 17. 

 (Afshin Shahidi)
(Afshin Shahidi)

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