Michael Jackson’s handwritten letter to photographer

Several years ago, Michael Jackson penned a very personal and heartfelt letter to his friend, William Pecchi Jr., who had worked on Michael’s film Moonwalker.  Pecchi was asked to accompany Jackson during his Bad tour to film crowd reactions, and he often rode in the vehicle with Michael. This letter, which was the result of one of their conversations, offers an intimate glimpse into the mind of a genius and humanitarian.


I very, very seldom write letters, but in this moving occasion I couldn’t help myself. I want to thank you for putting the effort forward to capture the magic and excitement of the people of the world. What you do is a very personal and powerful medium to me. It is the art of stopping time, to perserve a moment that the naked eye cannot hold, to capture truth spontaneous truth, the depths of excitement in human spirt. All else will be forgotten, but not the films. Generations from now will experience the excitement you’ve captured; it truly is a time capsule.

I will not be totally satisfied until I know you’re at the right angle at the right time, to capture a crescendo of emotion that happens so quickly, so spontaeously. What you have done was good, but I want the best, the whole picture, cause and effect. I want crowd reaction wide lens shots – depths of emotions, timing. I know we can do it. It is my dream and goal to capture TRUTH. We should dedicate ourselves to this. The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication. There is no other way to perfection than dedication, perseverance. Just tell us what you need to make it happen. Take the leadership to direct the other cameramen.

I enjoy working with you that is why I asked you to come, you have a gentle spirit that’s very likable. Maybe I look at the world through rose colored glasses, but I love people all over the world. That is why stories of racism really disturb me. You hurt my heart and soul when you told me of your boyhood in Texas. Because in truth I believe all men are created equal. I was taught that and will always believe it. I just can’t conceive of how a person could hate another because of skin color. I love every race on the planet earth. Prejudice is the child of ignorance.

Naked we came into the world and naked we shall go out. And a very good thing too, for it reminds me that I am naked under my shirt, whatever its color. I’m sorry to bring up such past news, but in the car I was hurt by what you said. I’m so happy that you have managed to overcome your childhood past. Thank God that you’ve graduated from such beliefs of ignorance. I’m glad I’ve never experienced such things. Teach your kids to love all people equally. I know you will.

I speak from my heart saying I love you and all people, especially the children. I’m glad God chose me and you.

Love M.J.

Author: Brian

Blogger. Bookworm. Michael Jackson fanatic. Lives in Kentucky with partner of 12 years and three fabulous felines.

2 thoughts on “Michael Jackson’s handwritten letter to photographer”

  1. What a beautiful letter. It shows once again the beauty, love and depth of a man blessed and annointed by God…not just with a great voice and talent for dance, but a human being who speaks the simple truth with love. My belief…God created us all in his image. We are born to go through this GREAT ADVENTURE called LIFE.
    We are suppose to LOVE each other always…it is the GREATEST COMMANDMANT according to Jesus Christ who was born to be our EXAMPLE of perfection. We have to keep our eye on the prize which is not money, fortune and fame…but LOVE and TRUTH just as Michael says…to stop destroying the earth, the people, the beliefs. Why do you think Michael is so loved…because he has reached a spiritual PLACE where people love him and want him, but it the overflowing of TRUTH and LOVE that we want. Not the man…he is just the vessel. We can all be like Michael if we just STOP, LISTEN, and become the SPIRITUAL beings of love that God wants us ALL to be. I believe in my heart that that is what Michael is trying to say to the world through his words, his music, his talent. I love you, Michael as a fellow human being and I pray that I will hear the voice of God everywhere and in all things and give that back to the world by my actions.

  2. Thank you so much for your beautiful posting.
    I saw MJ’s letter wrote in cursive script.
    But English is not my native language, so I felt difficulty in reading it. And then I searched internet for the transcription, so I’m here.
    Thanks to you, I could read and understand more about MJ’s heart. he is really love itself.
    Thank you again. ^_____^

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