July 28, 2021


Dream Of Gaga, presents you the never seen before interview we had once with photographer Derrick Santini. Derrick Santini, photoshooted Lady Gaga back in 2009, giving her some of the most amazing shots of her early career years! The photoshoot, can be found over here!

Derrick Santini hails from Scarborough, North Yorkshire and discovered his love for photography at the age of thirteen, whilst taking pictures with his mum’s old Agfa camera. Derrick spent his teenage years recording everything he saw; initially a silent and passive observer, he came to regard the images he took as slices of life, ‘moments in-between’, as statements about the individual, society, culture – and ultimately as an expression of the human condition. – ( See more at: http://derricksantini.com/bio/#sthash.0h4jdtWG.dpuf )


1)What is the best moment of the day?
‘when ever gaga stepped in front of my camera …’

2)What kind of music do you listen to, at the moment?
‘Alternative … as a genre that most suits…’

3)Do you read fashion and design magazines?
‘not really any regular anymore… now its all on line’

4)What kind of clothes do you avoid wearing?
‘synthetic / flouro / leather shoes with jeans a big no no’

5)Where do you work on your photographic projects?
‘every where – where ever’

6)Who would you like to photograph most?
‘Marilyn Monroe – i wish… Beyonce, Jonny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman….’

7)Do you discuss or exchange ideas with your colleagues?
‘yes all the time .. communication is key .. art is no bubble…’

8 )Please tell us more about photography.
‘i love it ..i was lucky – u make your own though, i got into it when i was 14 and it became my world, i love people too if that wasnt evident…’

9)Which of your projects has given you the most satisfaction?
‘i am happiest when shooting so they all bring great satisfaction, but the more involved the projects the better, the most recent Firetrap campaign i shot came out a treat, i just did a wicked shoot for a new artist on Sony called Rita Ora … u heard it here first if you havnt heard of her already she is going to be HUGE – Beyonce came down to the studio and hung out – sweet. There are also a few fashion stories i love as well because of the concept and realization. Shooting ‘reportage’ images is a timeless singular satisfaction at the root of my love of photography, just observing and capturing vignettes of life and this reality informs all facets of photography i do’

10)Are there any photographers that you particularly appreciate?
‘For Sure… Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Gary Winnogrand, early David Bailey’

11)How would you describe Lady GaGa in 1 word?

12)Would you like to work with Lady GaGa again in the future?Cause we all know that you are such an amazing photographer.
‘Defo Defo…’

13)When you met and saw her for first time?
‘it was a couple of years ago and in London I never heard anything about her when i got the commisiion – but i did a bit of research but it didnt prepare me for he.’

14)You feelings and thoughts when u met her (GaGa)?
‘A star was the the first and lasting vibe about her – she’s on it… i think she gave the stylist a run for her money but she was a real pro in front of the camera and just worked it – she has a wonderful aloof air about her – a big part of her star appeal along with her intreaging beauty and overt sexuality – a dream to photograph.’

15)Did Gaga’s management contact you to work with her?
‘no it was the magazine.’