For the promotion of her latest book “Music”, photographer Deborah Feingold gave multiple interviews to various website where she talked about the iconic Madonna pictures.
She told Billboard…
I lived in a little one-room apartment in the West Village and had a bowl of bubble gum and lollipops. We didn’t speak except for ‘Turn this way, turn that way.’ No hairstylist, no makeup, no clothing. We were just two working girls. I didn’t have to coax her. She and I worked the entire time. I gave her what she needed, she gave me what I needed, and then she got up and left. I never heard from her again.
I wanted to shoot her and Musician [magazine] wasn’t covering it, so I called up David Keats at the time, who was an editor for Star Hits, and I said, ‘David I really wanna shoot her!’ And he was like ‘OK,’ and that’s what it was like in those days. Can you imagine? ‘Oh, David I wanna shoot her!’ I had been doing some work for Warner Bros, so it wasn’t that far-fetched.”
Boston Globe asked her why her pictures of Madonna took a life of their own.
I have no explanation for that. It was a 20-minute shoot in my apartment that was so tiny that all my furniture folded up against the wall, including the bed, table, and chairs. I was all set up. I had one assistant. She came with Liz Rosenberg, who remained her publicist. Her makeup was ready to go. I had a bowl of lollipops, Tootsie Rolls, and bubble gum. I probably didn’t get paid or have a budget; hence a bowl of lollipops and bubble gum. Everything was very simple. I shot four rolls of film, and for every frame she changed it up. It was like a dance, and I was a good follower. I had the skill, but she led. Twenty minutes later, she knew we had finished, and she left. She was a working girl, I was there to work, and that’s what you see.
Silive asked her the same questions…
Silive: Why do you think the photo of Madonna became one of your most iconic photos?
Deborah Feingold: I don’t know why it ended up being such a hit. Is it a naivete? Is it the Madonna everyone wanted to know before she became famous? It’s as interesting to me as it is to anyone else.