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"In this book of original, behind-the-scenes photographs, acclaimed photographer Terry Richardson follows superstar Lady Gaga during one year of her life, from Lollapalooza through the final show of her Monster Ball tour. During the time period he followed Gaga, Richardson took over 100,000 images and attended more than 30 Monster Ball dates around the world.
From the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards to the Don''t Ask, Don''t Tell repeal rally in Portland, Maine, to the Thierry Mugler show at Maxime, Paris, Richardson captures Lady Gaga as you''ve never seen her before. A year-long global odyssey- -all access, nothing off limits--this is the book Lady Gaga fans have been waiting for."
I''ll go ahead and warn you all now; LADY GAGA X is a photography book, so photos are what you get. So looking at the book with that in mind I''m pleased. There are over 450 black/white and full colour photographs, in a good mixture of posed and candid shots. When I say candid, I mean candid - no makeup or wigs, when she''s brushing her teeth and hooked up to a IV drip.
I was very pleased that none of the photos appear to have been retouched - on one photo you can see that Lady Gaga''s fake tan is a bit streaky and in other photographs her lipstick is smudged. I wanted to see ''real life'' of a major celebrity on the road, so am delighted that the airbrushing has been left to a magazine''s art department.
What could have made this book better in my eyes would be if Terry had included some text to accompany the photos; loads of the pics show Lady Gaga stood next to unfamiliar faces, so those photos have no impact on me. She is crying in several photos. Happy tears? Was she unwell? One photo shows her onstage somewhere with a girl talking into a microphone. Where was she - on tour, or at an event or awards show? Who is the girl? What are the two of them talking about?
Many of the photos have left me with niggling questions, so the absence of even little notes or copies of newspaper/magazine articles to accompany the more thought provoking images is a disappointment. For me the photos didn''t tell the complete story.
I''ve just bought my copy from a discount bookshop [The Works] for 7.99 and for the money have no real complaints with the book. I''ve made a large saving on the RRP, so I can just about overlook my lingering questions.
However if I''d paid the full RRP [35.00] I''d be very unhappy with the complete lack of text and would give LADY GAGA X three stars.