Photographer Richard Corman called her “the pied piper of the Lower East Side” because when she sang and danced, others followed. And that was still a year before the release of her first album, when the rest of the world got to meet Madonna Louise Ciccone for the first time.
Now, for the first time, they’ll get to see his photos too. Corman’s street-style photos of a fresh-faced, 24-year-old Madonna taken when she was living on the Lower East Side in the 1980’s were revealed to the public on Thursday in a free exhibit at the W Hotel in Times Square.
The photos show Madge dancing on a rooftop with neighborhood kids and sporting an early version of the unique style she would become famous for: bright red lips and torn jeans, dripping with studded bracelets and chains.
The exhibit, organized by Rock Paper Photo, will be open to the public until May 12.