New Photo Book Chronicles Madonna on the Lower East Side in 1983

Posted on: September 20th, 2013 at 6:00 am by

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Richard Corman’s photos of Madonna living on the Lower East Side have pretty much been done to death (her apartment was 234 E. Fourth Street). However, with a new photobook forthcoming, those days of 1983 are revisited. Corman handily catalogs these memories and visuals in Madonna: NYC83, a coffee table purchase that explores those days he spent shooting the then-unknown Material Girl.

Corman got the gig because his mother, a casting director for Martin Scorcese’s The Last Temptation of Christ, was taken by Madonna’s audition. Mom essentially told son to look her up, and the rest is history.

Rolling Stone has a nice gallery of exclusive images dating back to 1983, along with some commentary from Corman himself. We’ve included a couple of our favorites, plus quotes.

One of the things that I adored about her at the time is she was the Pied Piper of the neighborhood. She would gather every day with the kids in the building. They would go up to the rooftop; they would sing and dance with her. In some ways I don’t know if she did it intentionally: she was really giving something back to the neighborhood and these kids. This was just that moment where she was laughing because the boom box was playing and there were kids in front of her breakdancing. And she was having the best time.

We walked up to her rooftop and then we just started walking the streets. It was just Madonna and I. Now if we walked the streets there would be 40 people around us. The Lower East Side at that time was a ghetto. It was really in shambles. It was decayed. It was a perfect juxtaposition for her; this beauty. We found crevices, we found light.

Madonna: NYC83 drops November 20 via Damiani.

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