Madonna Fans Rejoice: New Album Due in Spring 2012

Famed veteran paparazzo Ron Galella has been shooting Madonna for more than 20 years, capturing her rise from pop starlet to superstar in the '80s and just about every one of her many reinventions ever since. To celebrate Madge's 53rd birthday today (Aug. 16), we're taking a look back at her life in the limelight by having Galella himself take us on a guided tour. Check out some of his special snaps of the Material Girl and her famous friends -- just a taste of the hundreds he's shot of her.