While in hindsight the 80's to some may be a cultural abyss, one definitive icon to emerge from the age of legwarmers and Aquanet is Madonna. The Queen has proved her staying power, topping charts and reinventing her performances for the last four decades. One man who caught her at the start, though, was photographer Richard Corman. A massive retrospective of his work photographing the young singer is on view at the Milk Gallery through December 15, and it was kicked off with a raging party in honor of the feisty singer.
Corman's photographs, shot in Madonna's adopted home New York, ooze style and attitude. Even before her debut album, Madonna Louise Ciccone clearly embodies the confidence, poise and swagger of the celebrity she would soon become.
The night was a jovial affair, which Corman described as a "great time" with Madonna remixes pumping and Milk jam-packed with socialites and hipsters alike for the preview. Attendees danced the night away, enamored with Madonna's beauty and Corman's craftful eye. The only thing to make the evening better would have been if the Queen herself had visited the Gallery, but this sundae was just as sweet without the cherry on top.
An absolute must see, get to Milk Gallery to see Madonna take her own advice: "strike a pose."
Text and photographs by Justin McCallum