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16 Pictures Of Global Superstars' Riders

See what requests Lady Gaga, Rihanna and others made backstage. Photos by Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin, typography by Lorenzo Fanton.

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A rider is a series of special requests a band or a musician makes when playing a show. It typically outlines how they want their equipment to be set up, how they want their dressing room organized, and in this case - what food and drink they require. These requests range from the mundane to the outrageous. What attracted us to do this photo series was the way their requests manage to say something about the performers' personalities that words struggle to. We also loved the way we were able identify with these mega stars through the common denominator of what they chose to eat and drink.To challenge ourselves, and to make something beautiful, we decided to compose these images in the manner of Flemish still life, and the Vanitas of the 16th and 17th centuries. We noted the correlation between these paintings which were meant to "remind one of the transience of life, the futility of pleasure, and the certainty of death," mortality of the musicians themselves and the fading spotlight...

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