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Madonna at the dawn of her career

(MADONNA.) Eric Kroll. Madonna backstage at the Danceteria

New York: Eric Kroll, 1982

Gelatin silver print (9 3/8 x 6 3/4 in. on 10 x 8 in. paper). Fine. Signed and numbered 3/10 and with Kroll’s inkstamp dated 1982.

This photograph shows Madonna backstage at the legendary Danceteria in New York in 1982, at the dawn of her career. At this time Madonna, then in a relationship with Basquiat, was just beginning to develop her solo act. Her debut album appeared the following year, and she became the best-selling female recording artist in history and the fourth best-selling act ever, behind The Beatles, Elvis, and Michael Jackson.

Noted photographer Eric Kroll is best known for his fetish photography, including images published in Fetish Girls (Taschen, 1994).