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Book review: Lady Gaga by Terry Richardson

We look at hundreds of photos of Gaga in her hotel/dressing room/car

Eden Carter Wood

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 14:27:20 GMT | Updated 5 years today

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 task.


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 love it.


Hodder & Stoughton, RRP £35

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