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Photographer Richard Corman talks about what it was like to shoot the now-iconic artist. 


In June of 1984, L’Uomo Vogue sent photographer Richard Corman to photograph Jean-Michel Basquiat at his Great Jones Street studio. Corman was already accustomed to celebrity — he had apprenticed with Richard Avedon, and photographed the likes of Madonna and Keith Haring — but he was still astonished when he walked into the artist’s loft. “I was immediately engulfed by a wave of creative confusion,” Corman recalls. “The room was a swirl of people, paint, canvas, color, and smoke. Off in the corner was Basquiat, submerged and almost invisible.” Corman separated Basquiat from the frenzy and asked him to stand in front of a seamless paper background. “He was comfortable, uncomfortable, angry, curious, and intense,” Corman explains. “He just created his own space and energy, and I followed it.”

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