Damiani Publishers has announced that Madonna NYC83, the new book by Richard Corman that captures Madonna's extraordinary early years, is set to be released worldwide. The stunning photographic book will be available in major bookstores and retail outlets as well as online at www.amazon.com and www.damianieditore.com.
The 96-page book captures New York City in the early 1980s, a time of prolific interactions among the worlds of music, fashion and art. This economically fragile period gave rise to an edgy restlessness in the city, spawning adventurous new styles and music from up-and-coming artists. Madonna represented this sensibility like no-one else. As this book makes clear, from the start she was determined to define a look for herself, and to carve out a space in the public imagination.
"As a young photographer in 1983, I had the opportunity to capture a series of images with Madonna as she was on the verge of releasing her debut album," said Richard Corman. "The rebellious energy of the East Village was the backdrop to showcase Madonna's style, spontaneity and pioneering attitude. She consistently conveyed an attitude of fearlessness and fierce determination."
In conjunction with the U.S. book launch, Milk Gallery in New York City is hosting a special exhibition featuring images from Madonna NYC83. The exhibition is free and open to the public from Nov. 15 – Dec. 15. For information, visit www.themilkgallery.com.
Madonna NYC83 will retail for ($49.95 – £34). Limited edition books with a special signed print by Richard Corman are also available on www.damianieditore.com.
As a portrait photographer, Richard Corman has worked with subjects ranging from Nobel Peace Prize recipients (Nelson Mandela, Elie Wiesel) to actors (Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep), athletes (Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali) and musicians (Sting, Whitney Houston). Humbling experiences with non-profit organizations are reflected in Corman's work. Most notable is heart-felt work with the Special Olympics over the last 20 years. A native New Yorker, Corman studied at Hunter College, later spending two years apprenticing with Richard Avedon.
Based in Bologna, Italy, Damiani Publishers has a long-held tradition of publishing the highest quality books on leading figures and trends from the worlds of art, photography, fashion, architecture, design, reportage, pop culture, collecting and sports. Visit www.damianieditore.com for more information.
Richard Corman: This is the first photo I took of Madonna in her Lower Eastside apartment. She just got up and leaned on that stove, and I took the shot. There's nobody that can lean on a stove like that."
Richard Corman: Madonna was the Pied Piper of the neighborhood. She would gather with the kids on her rooftop to sing and dance. She was as inspired by them as they were by her."