Tour the Lower East Side With Madonna in 1983

Photographer Richard Corman gives an exclusive look at his new book of the pop star's early days
Madonna NYC 1983, Book, Richard Corman
Richard Corman

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Those Cat Eyes

In May 1983, photographer Richard Corman's mother, a casting director at the time, was working on the Martin Scorcese film, The Last Temptation of Christ. She became enthralled with a young woman who auditioned, who went by Madonna, and she insisted her son had to photograph her. Before long, Corman was walking up to Madonna's Lower East Side apartment for a photo shoot with the budding starlet .

"I walked into the corridor and I heard her yelling from above," he recalls of their first meeting. "She leaned over and I just saw those eyes looking at me. Those cat eyes. I knew right then that this was somebody who just had something special." Now, 30 years later, Corman has compiled the multiple days he spent shooting Madonna that year into a new book, Madonna: NYC83, and in this exclusive gallery, Corman reflects fondly to Rolling Stone on his inspiring time spent with a young Madonna.

By Dan Hyman

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