Madonna 66 (Richard Corman’s Polaroids Book Limited Edition)

 
 
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Madonna has remade herself so many times in her 30-plus-year career—Hollywood vamp, urban cowboy, new-age hippie—that it’s easy to forget that once, at the beginning of things, she wasn’t all that different from so many other city kids: a cool New York City girl who had fled her hometown of Detroit for the East Village. Photographer Richard Corman knows this version of Madonna well. In the early 1980s, when the singer was just getting her career in music and film off the ground, Corman spent months taking pictures of Madonna for several sittings in New York. This was at the behest of his mother, a casting director who saw potential. He caught on right away. “I called from across the street, and when I looked up, she yelled to come upstairs, and I saw these cat eyes looking over the railing of her four-story walk-up. I knew then and there that this was somebody special,” says Corman of their first meeting at her apartment on East Fourth Street. “She was funny in the most beguiling way. As soon as I walked up, she served me espresso and bubblegum on a silver plate and tray.”
 
Now, one of their shoots from June of 1983 is being released as a new limited-edition book by NJG. It almost didn’t happen—Corman only recently (and fortuitously) recovered the prints in his warehouse. “For 35 years I thought they were lost,” he says. “Everything I do is labeled, I’m extremely organized, we archive anything—but this was just a little brown cardboard box. I opened it, and it took my breath away.”
 
The 66 images—taken at Madonna’s brother’s house in Manhattan—were taken as test shots for a movie his mother was casting that never got made. Madonna did her own styling. “She was wearing white lace leggings under torn jeans . . . a jean jacket with graffiti on the back and the sleeves cut off, with these rubber bangles, more like friendship bracelets, that she would give away to friends. Her makeup was just so brash—these red lips, and she created that mole on the side of her face,” he says. “You’d say now that it was so chic—you walk into Opening Ceremony, Urban Outfitters, and this is what everyone is wearing—but she was a visionary. It was so bohemian and gritty and down-to-earth. She was going to vintage clothing shops. She had great taste—and you can’t teach that. And the dress, I swear she paid $2 for the gown, and it was so exquisite.”
 
Corman had previously worked for the legendary photographer Richard Avedon, but says that even with all of his experience around the celebrities that would come through Avedon’s studio, the Madonna spark was special. “She had charisma like I have never seen,” he says. “When you look at somebody through the camera, you either see behind somebody’s eyes or you don’t. And with her, it was ‘wow.’ ” But it’s not just Madonna who was different back then: Corman is nostalgic for a time before photoshoots were so meticulously handled. There is a looseness in these photos that, by definition, cannot be orchestrated. “Now we’d have 20 bodyguards and 30 assistants. They’d have to cordon off the street. Beyoncé, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj—people like that, who I’d love to spend time with—it would be a different experience,” he says. “But Madonna was accessible—and it was raw.” But Corman says that he’s an eternal optimist, and even if times have changed and the East Village may have more upscale boutiques and juice bars than it does artsy dives (“New York City is expensive. I talk to these kids all the time, whether they’re photographers, singers, songwriters, and there’s a lot of talent, but they struggle to afford to be here,” he says), the next Madonna is out there somewhere. “Every day my mind is blown—the diversity, the sense of style, the swag you see on the train. I’m all eyes and ears. New York City is everything I live for. My eyes are always taking pictures.”(Vogue)
 
Madonna 66
New Unseen Images of Madonna by Richard Corman
(Sample Polaroids from Madonna66 Instagram)
 
 
 
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    Madonna 66
    500 Strictly Limited Edition

    Signed and numbered by Richard Corman,
    ‘Limited Edition’ signed and numbered print

    £100.00

‘Madonna 66’ is the complete collection of 66 lost and found Polaroids, shot by Richard Corman on Friday June 17th 1983. Published for the first time, the 66 Polaroids accompany a 14-page film treatment ‘Cinde Rella’ for which Madonna was casting for the main role. Over the course of a day Richard photographed Madonna in 5 different set-ups at her brother Christopher’s apartment. The pictures depict a 24-year old Madonna, 6 weeks before the release of her debut album ‘Madonna’. Richard captures Madonna’s physical beauty, her fashion, her homour, playful sexiness and her total accessibility that took this character into a rare and visionary state.
 
164 pages, housed in a flesh pink hard back cover, bound by a 50mm thick removable black rubber band, symbolic of Madonna’s bracelets, including a ‘strictly limited edition’ signed print. Encased in protective outer flesh pink travel box.
 

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Madonna 66
1000 Limited Edition

Signed and numbered by Richard Corman

£60.00

‘Madonna 66’ is the complete collection of 66 lost and found Polaroids, shot by Richard Corman on Friday June 17th 1983. Published for the first time, the 66 Polaroids accompany a 14-page film treatment ‘Cinde Rella’ for which Madonna was casting for the main role. Over the course of a day Richard photographed Madonna in 5 different set-ups at her brother Christopher’s apartment. The pictures depict a 24-year old Madonna, 6 weeks before the release of her debut album ‘Madonna’. Richard captures Madonna’s physical beauty, her fashion, her homour, playful sexiness and her total accessibility that took this character into a rare and visionary state.
 
164 pages, housed in a flesh pink hard back cover, bound by a 50mm thick removable black rubber band, symbolic of Madonna’s bracelets. Encased in protective outer flesh pink travel box.
 
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FILM REMOVAL

Dear Madonna Glam,

I am the Publisher and Creative Director for Madonna 66.

Please kindly remove the film content which is not authorised for any usage with the inclusion of the Madonna track. Please take down from your website and Youtube channel.

Much appreciated,

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