Family Affair in Lower Haight is honoring Prince and his musical legacy with a special photo exhibit this month, featuring rare photos of Prince before he was famous, by photographer Robert Whitman.

Family Affair, a new art gallery space dedicated to music-related art, design, photography, and ephemera, is hosting their first show and also celebrating the icon’s 60th birthday. The new exhibit includes early photographs of Prince, most of the photos are from back in 1977 when Prince was only 19 years old in his native hometown of Minneapolis. The intimate pictures were used to promote his debut album For You, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The images express innocence and excitement—a time before Prince was a household name.

 Photos by Robert Whitman

The actual photo exhibit will be free and open to the public through July 7, however, the one-night gallery opening event is already sold out with a waitlist option available. The evening agenda features a Q&A session between photographer Robert Whitman and Family Affair Creative Director Freddy Anzures. Demos and tracks from Prince’s debut LP For You will serve as background music for the gallery opening event. There will also be a special guest appearance by Owen Husney, “the man who discovered Prince.”

PRINCE “Pre Fame” Photography Exhibition
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 7
Family Affair, 683 Haight Street, SF
Early Access Preview: 6-7pm, 
Q&A: Beginning at 7:30pm
Opening Reception: 7-10pm, On view through July 7 (Open daily 12-7pm, except Monday)