After meeting Madonna for the first time in her Lower East Side apartment, Richard returned to her building a few days later to shoot her. She said, "You know, we should go up to the roof because I go up there with all the kids from the building."
“She was like the Pied Piper of the neighborhood -- they loved her,” Richard recalls. “They followed her, they danced with her, they sang with her. It was something they did on a daily basis, and it was remarkable. We just walked up and they gathered around. She put the boom box on -- it was her music, though I don’t remember which song -- and they just started dancing and singing.
“She was so alive and unpretentious. She was fierce, determined. Nothing was going to stop her.”