Capturing Prince And His Biggest Moments In Honor of 'Welcome 2 America' : It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders Prince's posthumous album, Welcome 2 America, came out last weekend. In honor of the release, Sam revisits his 2020 conversation with Prince's photographer, Randee St. Nicholas. She shares intimate stories about the legendary artist: from spontaneous photo shoots in burned out buildings to late nights after sold-out concerts.

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From Sold-Out Shows To Quiet Moments Alone, She Captured The Magic Of Prince

From Sold-Out Shows To Quiet Moments Alone, She Captured The Magic Of Prince

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Photos From 'My Name Is Prince'

Selected photographs from the photo book My Name Is Prince by photographer Randee St. Nicholas.

Prince's estate recently released an album with previously unheard of songs from the late artist titled Welcome 2 America. It's the first such album released since the singer's death in 2016. Prince recorded the songs in 2010 at his Paisley Park home studio in Minneapolis. Though the songs were recorded more than a decade ago, the lyrics are prescient: Prince sings about issues like political corruption and racial injustice.

In honor of the posthumous album release, Sam revisits a conversation with the woman who captured Prince at his most intimate moments and often saw another side of him.

Photographer Randee St. Nicholas met Prince for the first time in 1991, when she was hired to do their first shoot together. After that, she captured some of his highest moments, from sold out shows across the world, to his most vulnerable, in hotel rooms late at night.

St. Nicholas' relationship with Prince spanned years and led to countless more memories. She's documented these stories along with her photos in her book called My Name Is Prince. St. Nicholas recalls her memorable relationship with Prince in this encore conversation with Sam that originally aired in 2020.

This episode was produced by Anjuli Sastry and edited by Kitty Eisele and Jordana Hochman. You can follow us on Twitter @NPRItsBeenAMin and email us at samsanders@npr.org.