By Meghan Blalock
Updated Apr 18, 2013 @ 8:00 am
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Before she was Madonna, she was just another kid on the Lower East Side of New York making music. When she lived that life in the 1980s during her 20s, she was known around the neighborhood for her brave, unique style, and photographers Richard Corman and George DuBose had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to capture her in her element. Now, their photos have made the journey back to New York for a limited-time only exhibition (through May 12 at the W Times Square at 1567 Broadway), presented in collaboration with W Hotels, Vitamin Water, and online fine art gallery Rock Paper Photo. "Madonna was and remains an original force," Corman told "Her style was her own and there really had never been anyone like her. She really did walk to her own beat and these early images pay homage to a fierce and fearless spirit which pushed many many boundaries. Although New York at this time was a creative carnival, Madonna certainly was one of its main catalyst's and maintains her relevance today." Not in NYC? Head to to browse the portraits from "Madonna: A Transformational Exhibit."

Plus, see how Madonna transformed into a music icon.