michael jackson: before he was king

“Michael at home in Encino, California, in 1983. I went up to his bedroom to help select some clothes for the photo session and saw this beautiful warm-toned light streaming through his shutters and onto the wall. We both liked the quality of the light and decided to shoot a more mysterious portrayal of his persona with his face shrouded in the shadows.”
–Todd Gray, Before He Was King

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“Michael and his sister La Toya sit on the ledge of a bay window at his home in Encino. We were taking photographs for Newsweek, and I asked him to grab a couple of books that he liked. He returned with this book of Maxfield Parrish paintings and a volume on the old Dutch Masters. His other favorites at the time were Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie and The Greatest Salesman in the World, a parable combining spiritual inspiration and salesmanship by Og Mandino. When we spoke of books, though, he tended to refer to picture books. He lived in a world of images.”
–Todd Gray, Before He Was King