Madonna looks like she has been sucking on that red lollipop all day, her hair teased to 1980s perfection and her right arm lined with black bangles. She peers into the camera as if she’s about to wink, already aware that she’ll soon be one of the most famous pop stars in the world.
An early portrait of Madonna on the cusp of fame in 1982, it’s also a testament to photographer Deborah Feingold’s finely tuned sense of her subjects and the qualities that make them special. That picture is one of several iconic images that make up Feingold’s new book, “Music,” her first-ever anthology, with an introduction by music journalist Anthony DeCurtis.
“It all started in Boston,” says Feingold, who grew up in Cranston, R.I., and graduated from Emerson College before moving to New York in 1976. “This started out as a hobby, and I did something that I loved. What you see is what I saw, and in this day and age, what you see is what a team decided for you to see.”
Working for publications as varied as Musician (a long-gone magazine out of Gloucester) and Rolling Stone, Feingold trained her camera on the likes of Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Prince, Billy Joel, Yoko Ono, Chet Baker, Judy Collins, James Brown, and the list goes on.
Ahead of Damiani publishing her book on Sept. 30, plus an in-store signing at Porter Square Books in Cambridge on Sept. 25, Feingold took us behind the scenes of some of the images.
Madonna in 1982.
Q. Your photos of Madonna took on a life of their own.
A. I have no explanation for that. It was a 20-minute shoot in my apartment that was so tiny that all my furniture folded up against the wall, including the bed, table, and chairs. I was all set up. I had one assistant. She came with Liz Rosenberg, who remained her publicist. Her makeup was ready to go. I had a bowl of lollipops, Tootsie Rolls, and bubble gum. I probably didn’t get paid or have a budget; hence a bowl of lollipops and bubble gum. Everything was very simple. I shot four rolls of film, and for every frame she changed it up. It was like a dance, and I was a good follower. I had the skill, but she led. Twenty minutes later, she knew we had finished, and she left. She was a working girl, I was there to work, and that’s what you see. (BostonGlobe)
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Madonna Photoshoot by Deborah Feingold 1982