Question: How many photos of Lady Gaga does it
take to make a book of photos of Lady Gaga?
Answer: More than 350, as it turns out.
The book in question is an impressively large hardback called
Lady Gaga, by photographer Terry Richardson, whose work has
appeared in both French and English Vogue, GQ and Harper's Bazaar.
Enviably enough, Richardson recently followed the iconic Gaga for
10 months, with, apparently, full access to her everyday life. He
took more than 100,000 images, and they've somehow managed to
whittle it down to under 400, which must have been quite a
The book contains some great portraits, but it's probably fair
to say that it's really one for the superfans. Fortunately, Gaga
has about 6 billion of those. The photos offer an interesting
glimpse into the life of Gaga; you'd think being on tour would
involve a whirlwind of variety and excitement, but there are a
surprising number of pictures of the Lady lying in a hotel room
with smudged make-up and a bowl of pasta balanced on her stomach.
It looks a little lonely, to be honest.
Anyway, misplaced sympathy aside, this is basically the perfect
gift for a friend with a Gaga obsession. They can place it on their
coffee table, to browse through when the mood takes them, or
(perhaps) remove the pages when struck by the creative spirit and
create their very own amazing Gaga collage. Either way, they'll
Hodder & Stoughton, RRP £35
Here it is at amazon.co.uk