A few days ago the world said goodbye to yet another impassioned and inspirational musical icon. Prince will be missed and survived by millions of fans across the globe. As many look back on his life, there are few who truly knew much of his pre-fame days. In 1977, just one year before the young musician hit superstardom, Prince was still a shy 19-year-old who went by his birth name of Prince Rogers Nelson. These rare photographs taken outside Minneapolis’ old Schmitt Music Headquarters, show that while the artist changed a lot over the decades, one thing remained consistent throughout his life: his unique style. Photographer, Robert Whitman remembers meeting the musician at this young age and his photos were actually used for Prince’s first press kit.