April 14, 2009

When all else fails and you long to be....



Madonna talks about Steven Meisel, the photographer who has most"transformed" her in photographs, in the May 2009 US Vogue:
To hear Madonna talk about working with Meisel is like being let in on a long-held secret. She goes on, "Steven had a vision. He had done his research. He had very specific references. I really respected the care that he took with his work, how seriously he approached it, but at the same time he has a great sense of irony. He made me feel like I was part of something important. He treated each photo shoot like it was a small film and insisted that we create a character each time we worked but then would make fun of the archetypes we created. He was the first person to introduce me to the idea of reinvention."

Being the, errr, Madonnalogist that I am, I would argue that his reinvention/be-someone-other-than-yourself aesthetic crept into her own music. That's been the key to her success year after year: whether you like a particular incarnation or not, it is never boring.



And remember when the comparisons to Madonna are flying around a certain new diva, that bitch doesn't have 1/3 the beauty of Madonna. Just sayin'...

Design Scene did a post on this on Monday that got over 40 entertaining comments.

3 comments:

Paul said...

i guess you could say that each incarnation of madonna's music is to an extent a new character that madonna plays to sell that album in videos and on tour. She can look incredibly beautiful,despite some of the more recent photos floating around :S

designscene said...

shes such a suckup... she says almost the same bout Steven Klein...

xolondon said...

Because she knows that both men (along with Herb Ritts and Mario Testino) are CRUCIAL to her success. I think Meisel has had a huge impact on Madonna, so I think she should go out of her way to praise him. I also think she should give Steven Klein his walking papers - he's become a one trick pony, although I liked the Rio pics.