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Harrsion Funk sah Michael Jackson zu wie er vom Teenie-Idol zum überird. Superstar wurde. Welches Genie ist nicht komplex? Ich würde ihn auf eine Ebene setzen mit Da Vinci and Michelangelo und Beethoven und Picasso. Funk sagte Michael fragte ihn jeden Tag ob er Magie gemacht habe. Er konnte es nicht abwarten die Bilder zu sehen, er wollte die Magie sehen. Das war sein überwältigender Antrieb. Vor Leuten zu performen. Seine Show war absolute Pefektion. Er kannte das Kind in ihm und er wollte das nie verliefen. Das war Teil seiner Magie. Ein einzigartiger Moment war wie er den Moonwalk im Wembley Stadium machte. Als Michael raus kam waren die Leute nur hin und weg. Ich habe niemals einen Künstler gesehen, der diese Erwiderung erhielt. Ein weiter großer Moment für Jackson war es als Mandela mit seiner ganzen Familie aus Südafrika nach Beverly Hills kam um Michael in einem Penthouse zusammen mit E. Taylor zu treffen. Und es war ein gleich großer Moment für Mandela. Die Fotos mit den 3 Ikonen erschienen in 200 Zeitungen. Michael suchte danach die Welt zu verändern, er nahm nicht nur 2We are the world" und "Man in the mirror" auf, er nahm Musik auf um einen Impakt in der Welt zu machen. Als Michael in 2009 starb war es schwer damit klar zu kommen. Es ist schwer auszudrücken. Ich denke die ganze Welt ist nicht mehr die gleiche. Es war das Ende einer Ära.
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Harrison Funk, Michael Jackson's personal photographer for decades, details his favorite pictures of the icon. (©Harrison Funk/ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)
David OnoMonday, February 27, 2017 09:57PMLOS ANGELES (KABC) -- While millions around the world know Michael Jackson as the King of Pop, a local photographer was able to see a different side of the icon as his personal photographer for 30 years.
Harrison Funk watched as Jackson evolved from teen idol to a bona fide superstar. Jackson became known as a perfectionist whose personality was very complex.
"What genius isn't complex?" Funk asked. "I would put him up there with Da Vinci and Michelangelo and Beethoven and Picasso."
Funk was the man tasked with documenting the life of the legendary pop singer. Funk said Jackson would ask him every night if he had "made magic."
"He couldn't wait to see the pictures because he wanted to see the magic," Funk recalled.
Michael Jackson is levitated for relaxation courtesy of illusionist Franz Harary backstage before a Victory Tour show. (Harrison Funk/ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)
Looking over albums of photographs, Funk pointed to the moments in which Jackson performed in concerts with massive crowds.
"That was his overwhelming drive," Funk explained. "To perform for people. His show was absolute perfection."
Funk said that Jackson always maintained a sense of wonder.
"He knew the child within and he never wanted to lose that," he said. "That was part of the magic."
Jackson received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1984. Funk said it was a huge day for Jackson as he was at the height of his career.
But a defining moment in Jackson's career came when he did the moonwalk on stage at Wembley Stadium in England.
Funk said Jackson actually learned the move from Jeffrey Daniel, who was in the group Shalamar. Daniel had performed it on the British show "Top of the Pops," only he called it the backslide.
Jackson learned it, perfected it and re-branded it as the moonwalk.
"When Michael came out with it, people were just blown away," Funk said. "I've never seen any other artist that got that response."
Another big moment for Jackson was when he met Nelson Mandela. But, according to Funk, it was equally as big a moment for the world leader, who brought his entire family from South Africa just to meet Jackson.
Jackson and Mandela met in a penthouse in Beverly Hills along with actress Elizabeth Taylor. Funk said by the end of the day his photograph of the three icons appeared in more than 200 newspapers.
"Michael was looking to change the world. He didn't just record 'We are the World' or 'Man in the Mirror.' He recorded music because he wanted to make an impact on people," Funk said.
When Michael died on June 25, 2009, Funk said it was hard to grasp that he was gone.
"It's hard to articulate," he said. "I think the whole world changed. It was the end of an era."