Legendary music photographer Deborah Feingold has shot extraordinary portraits of the music greats over the last few decades. From Prince to Madonna, here are a few of her most stunning images with commentary – and you can see more in her new book ‘Music: Photographs by Deborah Feingold’, out now. Here’s REM shot for Rolling Stone in a Philadelphia park in 1985.
“This was Prince’s first time performing in NYC – at the Bottom Line – and word was that he was going to be huge. When I knocked on the door to get a portrait I was refused permission by his manager. I thanked him and returned to shoot the concert. Later, the manager said that because I was so polite I could go in a take a few snaps. I have never forgotten good manners count!”
“I shot this at my NY apartment. I pitched the assignment to a number of magazines. Finally, Star Hits agreed to do a shoot. Madonna arrived on time with her publicist. No stylist, make up artists or managers, just us. We shot for 15 minutes. And as quietly as she walked in, she walked out. Of the 48 frames that I shot, every one was perfect. (That never happened again.)”
Beastie Boys, 1987
“This was shot in my studio in NYC for RollingStone. They posed very seriously but off camera they were quite amusing.”
LL Cool J, 1987
“We drove to St. Albans Queens, a 30 minute car ride from NYC. LL was living in his grandmothers basement and that is where I shot this. It was so crowded with his “stuff” that all I could do was rise above it and shoot down on him.”
Joey Ramone, 1983
“This was a publicity shoot for The Ramones in NYC. I felt compelled to shoot him off the street with just his face to tell the story.”
Sinead O’ Connor, 1990
“Shot in Sinead’s hotel room in Montreal for Rolling Stone. My assistant forgot to bring the electrical chord for my strobes.
Good news… I probably never would have thought to have taken this 20 second long exposure if I had used my strobes.
Bad news… I fired the assistant!”
Joe Perry and Steven Tyler, 1985
“This was shot in Boston, Massachusetts at a rehearsal stage. It was a publicity shoot for Aerosmith but I asked permission to do a portrait of just the two of them.”
“This was shot in my NYC studio for a men’s fashion magazine. He was very quiet and very obliging.”
Echo And The Bunnymen, 1984
“I have no idea why they were wearing these costumes!”
“Bernard Edwards and Nile Rogers often recorded at the Power Station in NYC and this was shot outside the studio.”
Boy George, 1983
“This was shot at the publicity offices of CBS Records in NYC during one of the first publicity junkets for Culture Club.”
Alicia Keys, 2002
“We met at her mom’s apartment in Hell’s Kitchen and then drove up to Central Park. It was just starting to happen for her and you could feel and see her excitement.”