Eric Kroll, ‘Madonna #1’, ca. 1984, Doyle
Eric Kroll, ‘Madonna #1’, ca. 1984, Doyle

Matted: 16 x 20 inches.

With an assortment of books released by the esteemed art & design publisher Taschen, Eric Kroll is a notable photographer, best known for his many fetish subjects. Equal parts Man Ray and Irving Klaw, Kroll has documented America’s seediest spots and denizens, sharing a certain aesthetic with fellow photographers Larry Clark and Richard Kern.

This early photo (circa 1984) of Madonna captures the musician in her formative years, still a part of the downtown scene, roughly two years after her tumultuous affair with Basquiat. Taken at the legendary club Danceteria, Madonna the young pop star is shot candidly, seemingly moments from morphing into the pop diva legend of her time. —Courtesy of Doyle

Signature: Signed Eric Kroll on the reverse