It was during a Miss Universe pageant that I first spotted the bizarre peroxided blonde bimbo-looking singer demanding that the audience ‘Just Dance’ to a beat that sounded straight out of Eurovision. I would never have thought that Lady Gaga would go on to conquer the pop world as she has. And if I hadn’t witnessed her live, singing her heart out while playing piano so beautifully, I’d be scratching my head at the inanity of an otherwise terribly aesthetically laden package. With that ever-changing image comes the necessity of hiring a variety of the world’s photographers. And Gaga’s worked with pretty much all of them from David LaChapelle (who only dragged his camera out of retirement especially for Gaga) to Ellen Von Unwerth, Mario Testino to Steven Meisel, the dance music diva has been snapped in all manner of mad costume and vogue-y poses. But who to capture the chameleon in a rawer light but Terry Richardson?
In November, we’ll see a ‘visual dialogue’ between Richardson and Gaga. Slash that: 350 colour and black’n’white photographs taken during the 10-month period in which photographer stalked star and had complete access to her everyday life. The resulting book sees Lady Gaga as we’ve never seen it before, and Cream can’t wait to show you a sneak peek soon! Watch this space.
‘Lady Gaga x Terry Richardson’ is slated for release November 22, published through Hodder & Stoughton.