Lot 16
  • 16

Lee Friedlander

20,000 - 30,000 EUR
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  • Lee Friedlander
  • Madonna, 1979-1980
  • photograph
  • 24,1 x 16,5 cm (chaque)
Set of five silver prints, printed circa 1985. All except one annotated Used in red felt tip pen on the reverse. Each individually matted and framed.


Christie's, New York, Playboy at 50, 17 december 2003, lot 268
Galerie Thierry Marlat, Paris


Playboy, September 1985, Madonna: Part I, "The Lee Friedlander Sessions", pp. 119-125.
Ingrid Sischy, Lee Friedlander: Nudes, London, Jonathan Cape, 1991, pl. 62.

Catalogue Note

This series of photographs were made by Lee Friedlander between 1979 and 1980. Madonna was then a 21 years-old unknown dancer who, just arrived in New York and responded to an advertisement seeking models to photograph.

The images then appeared in Playboy in 1985 following the success of her 1984 Like a Virgin album. The powerful look and the provocative poses already suggests the future international icon.

The five prints offered here are the actual prints submitted by Lee Friedlander to Playboy for the  purpose of reproduction. The prints were formally de-accessionated by the magazine in 2003 and came to market first at auction.

© Lee Friedlander, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco