Book Review: Lady Gaga x Terry Richardson

Wild, Eccentric Art. In the new coffee-table, sure-to-be-collector’s-item book Lady Gaga x Terry Richardson (Grand Central), two of the most eccentric, artistic geniuses of our time get together to make weird and wonderful music on the printed page.



With over 350 never-before-seen, all-access, nothing-off-limits photos, itis both shocking and inspiring. Want to see Lady Gaga urinating? It’s in there. Want to see her in the shower? It’s all there.

Sneak peek of the Foreword by Lady Gaga:

Sometimes it seems as though I’ve waited my entire life to be photographed by Terry Richardson. With Terry, the relationship extends beyond the photograph, and if you’re really lucky he will teach you something truly profound about yourself.

I have discovered through him that “shame” is an obsolete notion and “apology” is an injustice to any performance. Perhaps it is his kind eyes behind those famous glasses, or the giggling noise he makes at 4:0 in the morning when he’s caught me in bed. Click, giggle, click, click, click, “beautiful.”

To say he is a free spirit is a tremendous understatement, and to say that he (or I) make people uncomfortable, is spot on. We share these things that there are no limitations. At all. His heart is too wide. He makes me want to widen my own.

Terry finds beauty in the most intricate and unassuming of places. His photography beckons the question over and over gain: Should there ever be limitations in art? Because when he captures me in a moment of such tandem artistic and human purity, I am convinced the answer is that we must push the boundaries of culture through love and acceptance.

There is no moment too strange, no angle unflattering, no circumstance relying on blind artifice, and never a time that I feel embarrassed or unsafe. Awakened in me is a perverse liberation, inspiring me to feel that it is okay to view yourself as hyper-human. That is how Terry views me.

I am so real, he says, that I am unreal.

Lady Gaga