Category: true blue

Madonna & Felix Howard on the set of the video “Open your Heart”, 1986 – Ph. Herb Ritts


Madonna photographed by Herb Ritts for Vanity Fair, December 1986.

Madonna, 1986 Ph. Herb Ritts

Madonna photographed by Herb Ritts (1986).

Madonna and Martin Burgoyne on a film set of the video for ‘True Blue’ in September 1986, photo by French photographer Xavier Martin. Burgoyne was an artist and dancer who collaborated with Madonna on her albums and became a close friend.


Madonna photographed by Alberto Tolot, 1986.

Herb Ritts flew to Tokyo in 1987 with a plan to snap photos of Madonna all over town. But the pulsating mob of screaming fans that followed her everywhere she went on the Japanese leg of the “Who’s That Girl” tour made that impossible. Ritts called the Rolling Stone office in a panic, and the decision was made to simply shoot the pop star in the bed of her hotel room. No one remembers where the Minnie Mouse hat came from, but the shoot, born from desperation, resulted in the perfect mix of lighthearted glamour. “Of all the pictures taken of Madonna, that’s probably the most innocent one,” said former Rolling Stone photo director Laurie Kratochvil. “It shows another side of her – goofy, cute and self-effacing. People could just relate.” 

Rolling Stone 
(November 2, 2017)

Newlyweds Madonna and Sean Penn photographed by Herb Ritts, September 1985.


Madonna on the set of her music video for Papa Don’t Preach, 1986.