Lee Friedlander Pays Madonna $25 For a Nude Shoot

In 1979, Madonna Louise Ciccone was a 20-year-old dancer struggling to make ends meet. Lee Friedlander placed an ad in the Village Voice seeking nude models. Ms. Ciccone, who at that time was working at a Dunkin Donuts in Manhattan,  answered the ad, and spent an afternoon at Mr. Friedlander’s apartment/studio, where he photographed her with a Leica M and 35 and 50 Summicrons.lee-friedlander-madonna 3

In February, 2009, a print of one of the photos sold at auction for $37,500.00.

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