Photographer Richard Corman met Madonna in the summer of 1982.
As he tells the story, “My mother was casting The Last Temptation of Christ for Martin Scorsese and called me to say they had just tested a girl for the part of the Virgin Mary. She said, ‘You must meet this girl -- she’s an original.’
“I was 28 and had just finished an apprenticeship with Richard Avedon and was looking for interesting people to shoot. So I got this girl’s number and called. It was Madonna.”
Richard took this shot on a Manhattan rooftop later that year. Madonna was being considered for a movie based on the Cinderella fairy tale, and Richard photographed some audition shots. The film was never made.