James Palmer worked with Kings manager Perry Haines at i-D magazine striking up a firm friendship.
As well as documenting the bands story James also captured a variety of other moments and events.
The 1981 shot of Perry is possibly taken at his then home in Chelsea. The second Palmer photo finds Perry in painted DM's standing with sleeve designer Malcolm Garrett circa 1982. Garret and Haines shared an apartment on the Isle of Dogs where Paul regularly crashed on his trips to London.
Malcolm's design company Assorted Images went onto create the sleeve for Kings 'Steps in Time' album.
In the spring of 1982 with the possible idea of launching a fashion line, Perry asked James to photograph Paul and himself modelling the Dolphin suits look. The photo session took place in and around Coombe Abbey close to Coventry where Paul King was working at that time as a medieval monk.
In 1983 at one of the bands Camden Palace gigs acclaimed film and commercials director Tony Kaye came along with his super 8 camera. Perry had sold Tony on the concept of making a short film involving King or Paul. Tony did film the lead singer at the Camden venue pretending to work behind the bar and sweeping floors, but what became of this footage is anyone's guess.
The gold discs photograph is a personal shot taken for the two friends.