: For a woman photographer,
is working with female entertainers easier than working with male
stars or vice versa?
: Comes down to the subject - not the gender.
: Among the many celebrities you photographed
there is of course Madonna.
You did what is now considered a classic photoshoot with her in
Were you asked to do the photoshoot by Warners and for a specific
: I believe I requested the assigment from a
: What do you remember of the day you met that
rising young star?
: It was shot in my studio/apartment. It was
so tiny that all of my furniture folded up to make room for my shoots.
As I recall she was very easy going.
: Do you have any special memories or funny anecdotes
from that day on the set?
: Not really, but as I look back on the images
it does appear that she was quite
: Did you sense that day she was going to become
not only one of the most popular entertainers on this planet but
such a huge icon?
: Photos from that shoot, called by many fans
the "lollypop pictures", have been featured on many magazine
covers around the world and in many books about Madonna.
Do you have a personal favorite photo from those?
: Not really, but what I like is that there is
a naivete about the pix. This was the beginning.
: It's funny, there's a photoshoot of yours with
a very young Johnny Depp which
reminds me a lot of the session you did with Madonna. Aside from
similar poses they both have a determinate look their eyes.... What
do you think about that?
: They were both very confidant people.
MT: If you would have to do a new photoshoot
with Madonna today what idea you think you would develop with
her? Maybe something, a theme, that she hasn't tried yet.
DF: Wouldn't know the answer to that until I
met with her.
MT: Many fans agree that the photographer that
really took the best out of Madonna in terms of Iconic poses is
without any doubts the late Herb Ritts. Did you know him personally?
DF: No, but I admired him greatly for preserving
a classic photo style, pure and strong.
MT: In recent years you did a photoshoot with
Cyndi Lauper, and artist we respect a lot, and that has been considered
for many years by the press, a rival to Madonna.
Photos you took of her are featured in the booklet of her "The
Essential Cyndi Lauper" album from 2003. How was working
DF: I adore Cindi. She throws herself into whatever it
is she is involved in.