Madonna Exhibit

mad1Back in 1983 a young dancer named Madonna released her debut album and was beginning to turbocharge her way to pop music domination (and, apparently, doing naughty things in men’s restrooms), legendary photographers Roger Corman and George DuBose captured the singer rocking her soon-to-be-signature look on rooftops and empty lots throughout downtown New York.

mad2The never-before-seen photographs are headed to a new roving exhibit, Madonna: A Transformational Exhibition, at W New York hotel in Times Square (additional photos will be on view at W Hotels in Union Square, Downtown NYC, Lexington Avenue and Hoboken), curated by Rock Paper Photo, an online gallery started by Madonna’s manager Guy Oseary.

mad3The exhibit opens next Thursday, April 11th, with a reception that includes street artist Alec Monopoly tagging two of Corman’s photos outside the hotel. Check out some of the images on display below as well as shots of Monopoly tagging photos at the exhibit’s previous stops at W Paris and W Bangkok.

Bob Mazzer

Bob-Mazzer-Tube-9 (1)In the 1970s and ’80s, British photographer Bob Mazzer was a regular commuter on the London Underground — or the Tube, as Londoners call it — carrying his camera with him regularly.
Bob-Mazzer-Tube-16The photos offer visions of a rowdier time, one filled with plenty of “late-night shenanigans”.  He began taking the pictures in the late ’70s, when the Sex Pistols and punk were rising, alongside Margaret Thatcher. Some of his pictures capture the raucous spirit — and the fashion — of those times, while others show quieter, candid moments. We’ve chosen our 3 favorites.Bob-Mazzer-Tube-5