Madonna, ‘Blonde Ambition’ © Stephen Wright at Proud Galleries

Madonna, ‘Blonde Ambition’

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© Stephen Wright
London, U.K. 1990
Fuji crystal archive lustre finish photographic paper print hand signed by the photographer
Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity

This iconic shot of Madonna was taken during her Blonde Ambition Tour at Wembley Stadium in 1990. ‘Madonna at this time was probably as photogenic as Marilyn Monroe, and there's something about black and white that gives it a timeless character. Probably the biggest artist I shot. All the photographers were led into the photographers pit like naughty children and led out of the stadium 8 minutes later. Fortunately I was given a couple of tickets and after locking away the cameras, I got to see the rest of the show.’ Stephen Wright

Stephen Wright, from Reading, bought his first camera at 21 from the £40 he won on a premium bond. By 1983 he was taking live pictures of Manchester bands like The Smiths and thereafter U2, Madonna, Miles David and James Brown for music magazines and record companies. These days his body of work sits as part of the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, the Manchester Art Gallery and the Salford Art Gallery. All rather funny when the original film for The Smiths was processed in a bedroom-darkroom, with the chemicals kept in old drinks bottles.

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