Corman met Madonna after his friend, a casting director, was casting for Martin Scorcese‘s The Last Temptation of Christ, which Madonna auditioned for. Even though she didn't get the role, Corman's friend knew there was something incredibly unique about Madonna and urged Corman to photograph her. Before the shoot, Madonna already had a cult following in New York by spending her days producing her demo and performing from club to club. “The first question I asked her, naively, was ‘what are your goals?’...she said: to rule the world”, recalls Corman. It’s this exact conviction that also flowed through the veins of 1983 in underground New York, as the city was crawling with soon to be famous artists. Corman, one of these creatives, would spend his days bouncing from Keith Haring’s studio, to Jean-Michel Basquiat’s house and Madonna’s apartment to shoot the faces that would soon rise to fame across music and art. It’s for this oeuvre that Cormon’s work has contributed to defining an early era of portrait photography that has become synonymous with understanding the art itself."
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